The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will vote Friday on whether to establish a graduate-level School of Freshwater Sciences at UW-Milwaukee – a unique program that aims to anchor the Milwaukee region as a global center of freshwater research.

The proposed school, which still needs legislative approval, is envisioned as a resource for the growing cluster of freshwater industry firms in the Milwaukee region, bringing together faculty from different academic departments and enabling UWM to offer interdisciplinary education in freshwater science, technology and policy.

Four of the world’s 11 largest water-technology companies have a significant presence in southeastern Wisconsin, according to a recent report by investment bank Goldman Sachs. That gives the region a prominent role in an industry that sees $425 billion a year in global demand for technologies that clean, conserve, recycle, desalinate and pump water.

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