WI Salt Awareness Week 2022

January 24-28 - We haven't announced our 2022 line-up yet, but you can sign up to receive an email update with information about the livestreams.


WI Salt Awareness Week 2021

Use the links below to access archived live streams of area experts diving into #thetruecostofsalt on our drinking water, pets, and freshwater ecosystems.

MONDAY - Salty Streams and Formerly Freshwater Lakes: An Ecosystem Perspective
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Speakers: Hilary Dugan and Bill Hintz

TUESDAY - Be Salt Wise and Pet Smart

Speaker: Brian Ray

WEDNESDAY - Salt your Dinner, not our Drinking Water

Speakers: Amy Barrilleaux and Kevin Masarik

THURSDAY - Put your House/Business on a Low-Salt Diet

Speakers: Juan Lopez and Matthew Maier


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FRIDAY - Salt Reduction Champions

Video montage of successes from across the state.


WI Salt Awareness Week 2021 Speakers:

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Hilary Dugan, Assistant Professor, Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Hilary is a limnologist who studies how terrestrial and atmospheric changes, such as warming air temperatures or land use patterns, alter biogeochemical fluxes and aquatic processes in lakes. Her research sites span from Wisconsin to Antarctica.



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Bill Hintz, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Toledo

Bill is a scientist at the University of Toledo's Lake Erie Center studying the effects of freshwater salinization on ecological communities in lakes, streams, and wetlands. Originally from Minnesota, and a former Wisconsin resident, he hopes his research can inform proactive environmental policy to protect our freshwater resources.




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Brian Ray, DVM, Owner/Veterinarian, Belle City Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Ray is a graduate of Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He has been a small animal practitioner for 26 years. He has owned Belle City Veterinary Hospital in Racine since 2001. He spends his free time with his wife and two children working on their 6-acre homestead.



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Amy Barrilleaux, Public Information Officer, Madison Water Utility

Amy directs all external communication for Madison Water Utility, including media relations, marketing, web content and social media. Amy spearheaded the 'Got Water' program bringing hydration stations into public schools. She also launched its Home Water Conservation partnership with Project Home aimed at helping low-to-moderate income homeowners reduce water waste, increase efficiency and save money on their water bills. Both programs are the first of their kind in Wisconsin.



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Kevin Masarik, Groundwater Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Extension

Kevin's research and outreach activities focus on groundwater and drinking water quality education for those populations served by rural residential well water systems. Using data collected from well water testing efforts, he is able to educate people about the relationship between land use, geology, and groundwater quality where people live.




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Juan Lopez, Regional Manager, Hellenbrand Water Center

Juan is proud to work with Hellenbrand, a progressive, innovative company with superior customer service and applications support. He enjoys working with customers to determine their ideal system while educating them along the way!




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Matt Maier, Owner, Envirosealers LLC

Matt is passionate about strategically implementing innovative and progressive practices that protect our environment. In both his asphalt maintenance and winter maintenance businesses, he continuously and consistently explores ways to implement environmentally-friendly practices. This year, Matt testified at the State Assembly in support of Bill 797, a ban on High-PAH pavement sealants.



WI Salt Awareness Week Sponsors:

Fox-Wolf Watershed AllianceRoot-Pike WIN logoMKE Riverkeepers LogoCity of Superior LogoWaukeshaFund for Lake MI logo

WI Salt Wise Partnership: A coalition of organizations working together to reduce salt pollution in our lakes, streams and drinking water.