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Kenneth Potter
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Ken Potter's dedication to the environment extends well beyond his laboratory and classroom walls.

Potter has maintained an active commitment to environmental issues for a number of years. His work has won him national recognition, including his appointment as the vice chairman of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences. The consortium, which includes more than 80 universities and is funded by the National Science Foundation, was founded in 2001 to foster study and research on hydrologic sciences. Potter served as the initial chairman of the consortium's board of directors. He also serves as a member of the advisory council to the Greater Everglades Restoration, one of the nation's largest wetlands and conservation restoration efforts.

But Potter is perhaps best known for his work on behalf of the environment in Wisconsin and Dane County. He is a member of the Yahara Lakes Advisory Group, established to help county officials and the state Department of Natural Resources improve the quality of the Madison area's signature lakes. The Yahara Lakes Association recognized Potter for his work on behalf of the lakes in 2002 by naming him its Citizen of the Year.

He has also worked on behalf of the North Fork Pheasant Branch Task Force, which strives to maintain one of Dane County's crucial watershed areas; the Middleton Conservancy Lands Commission; and the Middleton Water Resources Commission. His work with the water commission helped the city of Middleton adopt some of the most progressive storm-water management policies in the state.

In addition, Potter has worked on environmental issues for the Wisconsin Wetlands Association, the UW-Madison Arboretum, the university's Facilities Planning & Management Office, the state DNR, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Dane County Public Works Department, and villages and cities throughout Wisconsin. He also served on the steering committee for the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters on its "Waters of Wisconsin" program, a two-day conference held in 2002. The conference led to the official designation in 2003 by the state of Wisconsin as the "Year of Water."