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GLIN==> News Advisory -- DNR Expert to Discuss Climate Change and Wisconsin's Thirst for Water



NEWS ADVISORY

For more information: 

Tim Asplund, Water Resources Management Specialist, Wisconsin DNR, (608)
267-7602
Gene Clark, Coastal Engineering Specialist, UW Sea Grant Institute,
(715) 394-8472

DNR EXPERT TO DISCUSS CLIMATE CHANGE AND WISCONSIN'S THIRST FOR WATER

Climate change might be one more threat to Wisconsin's lakes and
groundwater, according to Tim Asplund, water resources management
specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Asplund will address "Potential Impacts of Climate Change and Increasing
Water Demands on Wisconsin's Inland Lakes, Streams and Groundwater" at 6
p.m. Wednesday, August 8, at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center,
located at the intersection of County Hwy G and U.S. Hwy 2, two miles
west of Ashland. The lecture is free.

Asplund says many lakes and streams in Northern Wisconsin are at
historic low water levels. Although fluctuating water levels are normal
for certain types of lakes, global climate change may be altering these
normal cycles, he says. He adds that shifting land use patterns and
increased groundwater pumping also interfere with the water cycle,
increasing surface runoff and lowering water tables. He will use case
studies from lakes in northwestern Wisconsin and the Central Sands
region to illustrate what is known and what needs further study about
how these factors affect Wisconsin's lakes, streams and groundwater. 

Asplund's lecture is part of the 2007 seminar series "Climate Change in
the Great Lakes Region: Starting a Public Discussion," sponsored by the
UW Sea Grant Institute and UW-Extension, and funded by the Wisconsin
Coastal Management Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration. See www.seagrant.wisc.edu/climatechange for details and
updates.

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Kathleen Schmitt
Science Writer
Aquatic Sciences Center
Sea Grant Institute and Water Resources Institute
University of Wisconsin 
239 Goodnight Hall
1975 Willow Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1177
phone 608.262.6393
fax 608.262.0591
kmschmitt@aqua.wisc.edu
www.seagrant.wisc.edu
www.wri.wisc.edu



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