UW-Whitewater to train students in water industries
Kirsten Crossgrove, associate professor of biology at UW-Whitewater and coordinator of the school's integrated science-business major, says the program will begin enrolling students in the fall semester and, because many students already have taken relevant courses, should be graduating its first water management specialists within a year.
The program is designed to give students a basic background in water law, environmental law, natural resources and environmental economics as well as aquatic biology, chemistry and ecology.
Students will serve internships with the Milwaukee 7 Water Council, an organization of business, academia and government in the seven-county Milwaukee area that is working to establish the Milwaukee region as a global center for freshwater research, economic development and education.
"Water management is certainly going to be a major industry of the future, and Milwaukee is well-positioned to be a world leader in that industry," Crossgrove said.