Could Wisconsin be the 'Silicon Valley of Water'? UW campuses trying to make it happen

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Could Wisconsin establish itself as the “Silicon Valley of water”?

That’s what the University of Wisconsin System is trying to do with the launch of a Freshwater Collaborative that will bring together its 13 campuses into a first-of-its-kind research hub focused on water topics. Individual campuses would distinguish themselves as experts in specific fields, come up with solutions, train the next generation of researchers and possibly recruit more students amid a decline in enrollment.

Whether the launch begins July 1 or later is in the hands of the state Legislature because college officials say they cannot start the initiative without money from the 2019-21 budget, which lawmakers are still crafting.

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