Matt Howard, the Milwaukee-based director of Alliance for Water Stewardship’s North American arm, points out to audience members a report classifying southern Wisconsin as high in exposure to “water-related risks.” Howard was the keynote speaker at the Wisconsin Water Thinkers Network gathering March 22 at Green Lake Conference Center.
Matt Howard, the Milwaukee-based director of Alliance for Water Stewardship’s North American arm, points out to audience members a report classifying southern Wisconsin as high in exposure to “water-related risks.” Howard was the keynote speaker at the Wisconsin Water Thinkers Network gathering March 22 at Green Lake Conference Center.

March 22 was a clear day right at the beginning of spring.

It also happened to be World Water Day, an annual observance established by the United Nations in 1993 to highlight freshwater sustainability and resources.

Along Lawson Drive’s winding way through Green Lake Conference Center, the waters of Green Lake sparkled deep blue.

Inside a long conference room at the center, flooded with natural light, a group of people from around the state had water on their minds.

They were pondering a question: How can communities and companies interact to help freshwater resources, such as Green Lake, stay clean, pure and usable for future generations?

Matt Howard, the Milwaukee-based director of the Alliance for Water Stewardship’s (AWS) North American arm, addressed this question and a group of about 40 present for the second-annual Wisconsin Water Thinkers Network gathering.

AWS is a membership organization that Howard explained was “formed voluntarily” by the private sector to partner with NGOs to create water stewardship standards, especially for large corporations.

Throughout his keynote speech, Howard stressed the importance of thinking of water as a resource and asset shared by a community.

“Water creates value for communities and businesses,” he said.

Read the full story, including details about water-risk in Wisconsin, in the April 20, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.