WI Salt Awareness Week: January 23-27, 2023

REGISTER HERE to join the YouTube livestreams of area experts diving into #thetruecostofsalt on our drinking water, freshwater ecosystems, and how you can be a freshwater advocate in your community.

Livestreams run from 12:30-1pm CT. After the event, they will remain available on our YouTube channel.

MONDAY -  Freshwater Salinization: An Emerging Global IssueSalt Wise on Tap

Speaker: Sujay Kaushal, University of Maryland

TUESDAY - Tracking Salt: From Winter Roads to Summer Streams

Speaker: Charlie Paradis, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

*Salt Wise on Tap at Starkweather Brewing* - Live event in Madison


WEDNESDAY - Salty Drinking Water and Human Health

Speaker: Allison Couture, DO, MPA

THURSDAY - The Wisconsin DNR Tackles a Salty Problem

Speaker: Shannon Haydin, WI DNR

FRIDAY - Be a Salt Wise Champion in your Community

Speaker: Allison Madison, WI Salt Wise



WI Salt Awareness Week 2023 Speakers:

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Sujay Kaushal, Geology Professor, University of Maryland

  1. Sujay's research focuses on the ecology and biogeochemistry of watersheds and aquatic ecosystems, primarily through long-term studies. His team has coined the term "freshwater salinization syndrome" to describe the complex effects of elevated salt levels on drinking water quality, corrosion of infrastructure, contaminant mobilization, and ecosystem processes.



Charlie Paradis, Assistant Professor of Physcial Hydrogeology, Department of Geosciences, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Dr. Paradis conducts research in hydrogeology with an emphasis on the mobility of radionuclides, road salts, and emerging contaminants in groundwater.  Dr. Paradis' road salt research is focused on characterizing the mass discharge of chloride from groundwater to surface water during the summer months along the Root River in Racine, Wisconsin. 


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Allison Couture, DO, MPA, Assistant Professor at UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Allison is a Family Medicine physician with an interest in health and social policy which led her to complete a Master of Public Affairs degree. Her academic research includes promoting behavior changes to support healthy eating in children and families.


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Shannon Haydin, Stormwater Section Manager, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Shannon has nearly 25 years of experience working with counties, cities, and the state on Land Use and Urban Planning, Natural Resources Management, Water Quality and Soil and Water Conservation. In her current role, Shannon has coordinated an effort to collaborate with the department's various water programs and develop a unified strategy for the state to address increases in chloride levels in our surface and ground water.


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Allison Madison, Program Manager, WI Salt Wise

Since assuming her role in June 2020, Allison has spearheaded statewide collaboration around salt reduction. She's continually amazed by the passion for, and commitment to, best practices exhibited by countless municipal staff, private industry professionals, and activists across the state. She's loves elevating their stories to catalyze broader change.








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