Join us for our next Community Conversations which will be held at English Lutheran Church on Wednesday, February 21. The upcoming Conversation is with Karl Green. We will meet from noon until 1:00 p.m. and a box lunch is served (with a free will offering for the lunch).
If possible, please pre-register with the “Register Here” button on this page so we know how many lunches to prepare. These monthly conversations are sponsored by the Interfaith Leaders’ Coalition and hosted by English Lutheran Church.
The theme for this conversation is “Water Quality in the Coulee Region”. Water quality issues plague many portions of the world and La Crosse County is no different. Urban municipalities have begun reducing runoff from municipal streets and storm sewers, but as you will see, this is only a portion of the concerns affecting water quality in our region. Karl will speak on some of the prevalent issues impacting La Crosse County’s water quality, as well as review the local geography and geologic factors which also influence water quality. Please join Karl Green in this discussion that will bring international issues down to the local level, and provide attendees with possible action steps to take that would assist in improving local water quality.
Karl Green, Community Development Natural Resource and Economic Development Educator, University of Wisconsin-Extension, is a Professor with the Department of Community Resource Development for UW Extension La Crosse County. While Karl spends a significant amount of time working with housing and neighborhood data analysis, he also has focused on storm water issues in La Crosse County. In 2006, Karl organized and convened a group of 8 local municipalities and La Crosse County in an intergovernmental agreement for storm water public education and outreach. Eleven years later, this agreement stills exists and allows La Crosse municipalities to unify with one voice on storm water management. Karl uses his background in hydrogeology to illustrate the important role rain gardens play in sustaining the local aquifer.
Karl has an MBA from UW-La Crosse, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology from Winona State University. Prior to Karl’s 12 year career with UW Extension, he worked as a Professional Geologist for a local civil engineering firm. His nine years of engineering, surveying and hydro geologic field experience provided and education on the ways thinks work and are constructed.
Karl lives in La Crosse with his wife and two children. His rain garden has captured an estimated 200,000 gallons since he installed it in 2007.
We welcome all who want to make a difference.
Lunch is provided. Free-will offering is appreciated.
Registration is not required, but encouraged.
In an effort to strengthen our community, Community Conversations looks to engage citizens in thoughtful, theological, non-partisan and non-political discussion about local economic and social issues. We invite anyone who is interested in making a difference.”