Associate Professor Ken Genskow addresses issues of environmental planning and policy, watershed planning, and collaborative and participatory approaches to resource management. His research and applied work have explored the evaluation and assessment of collaborative watershed management, watershed governance, and the effectiveness of educational and technical assistance programs on land management. Genskow is interested in planning processes that provide for meaningful participation by stakeholders in resource management initiatives as well as planning approaches that explicitly incorporate a social component into environmental planning and management.
Ken holds a joint appointment with UW-Extension, where he serves as a specialist on water resource and directs UW-Extension's Regional Natural Resources Program. The program involves a team of extension educators working throughout the state with local agency and organizational partners to address priority state and local resource management issues. For more information, visit http://naturalresources.uwex.edu. Ken is also affiliated with the UW-Madison/UW-Extension Environmental Resources Center, The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and the Agro-ecology program.
Professor Genskow has a BS in General Engineering and a Master's in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois. He earned his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Genskow, K. 2012. Taking Stock of Voluntary Nutrient Management: Measuring and Tracking Change. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 67(1):51-58. View Publication
Genskow, K. and L. Prokopy (eds.). 2011. The Social Indicator Planning and Evaluation System (SIPES) for Nonpoint Source Management: A Handbook for Watershed Projects. 3rd Edition. Great Lakes Regional Water Program. (104 pages). View Publication.
Genskow, K and D Wood. 2011. Improving Voluntary Environmental Management Programs: facilitating learning and adaptation.Environmental Management 47:907-916. View Publication
Prokopy L., A. Gocmen, J. Gao, S. Allred, J. Bonnell, K. Genskow, A.Molloy, R. Power. 2011. “Incorporating social context variables into paired watershed designs to test nonpoint source program effectiveness” Journal of the American Water Resources Association 47(1):196-202. View Publication
Genskow, K. and Linda Stalker Prokopy 2010. "Lessons Learned in Developing Social Indicators for Regional Water Quality Management" in Society and Natural Resources Vol. 23, Issue 1, Pages 83-91. View Publication
Urban and Regional Planning (URPL), Department of, University of Wisconsin‐Madison. 2009. “Implementing the Great Lakes Compact: Wisconsin Conservation and Efficiency Measures Report.” Extension Report 2009‐01. View Publication
Genskow K and D Wood. 2009. Measurement, Learning, and Adaptation in Planning and Implementing Voluntary Nonpoint Source Watershed Programs. Journal of Planning Literature 24(2):137-154. View Publication
Prokopy, L., K. Genskow, et al. 2009. Designing a regional system of social indicators to evaluate nonpoint source water projects. Journal of Extension 47(2). View Publication
Genskow, K. 2009. Catalyzing Collaboration: Wisconsin’s Agency-Initiated Basin Partnerships. Environmental Management. 43:411-424. View Publication
Genskow, K., L. Prokopy, and R. Power. 2008. Using social data in nonpoint source management. Lakeline 28(3):19-22. View Publication
Genskow, K., J. Haack, and M. Kornmann. 2008. Partnering for Shoreline Protection in Wisconsin’s Burnett County Lakes: What Roles for Lake Associations? Lakeline 28(3):45-49. View Publication
Genskow, K. 2008. “Using Social Indicators to Reduce Nonpoint Source Pollution.” In Environmental Communication & Social Marketing, published by UW-Extension, Environmental Resources Center. 1(1):5. View Publication
Genskow, Kenneth D. and Stephen M. Born. 2006. Organizational dynamics of watershed partnerships: A key to integrated water resources management. Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education (135): 56-64. View Publication
Genskow, K., J. Blasczyk, and S. Slater. 2006. Assessing Conservation Practices and Information Preferences in the Fever River Headwaters Area. Report for the UW-Platteville Pioneer Farm. Environmental Resources Center. June 2006. View Publication
Born, Stephen M. and Kenneth D. Genskow. 2001. Toward Understanding New Watershed Initiatives – A Report from the Madison Watershed Workshop. Report for Trout Unlimited and the Henry P. Kendall Foundation. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin-Extension. View Publication
Born, Stephen M. and Kenneth D. Genskow. 2000. The Watershed Approach—An Empirical Assessment of Innovation in Environmental Management. In Learning From Innovations (Environment.gov Research Papers). Report No. 00-12. Washington, DC: National Academy of Public Administration. View Report View Appendices (Case Studies)
Born, Stephen M. and Kenneth D. Genskow. 1999. Exploring the Watershed Approach: Critical Dimensions of State-Local Partnerships. Portland, OR; River Network. View Publication
UW-Extension's Regional Natural Resources Program Professor Genskow directs this natural resources outreach and education program, involving 12 Extension Educators working with partners across Wisconsin to enhance capacity for resource management. For more information: http://naturalresources.uwex.edu/
Developing social indicators for managing nonpoint source water pollution. Dr. Genskow is co-leading a multi-state initiative to incorporate social data into planning an evaluation of watershed management projects. For more information, visit the project website: http://greatlakeswater.uwex.edu/social-indicators. To use the online tool, SIDMA (Social Indicators Data Management and Analysis), visit the SIDMA website: http://www.iwr.msu.edu/sidma
Evaluating Programs for Nutrient Management Planning. Dr. Genskow is working with University of Wisconsin educators and researchers to determine effects of educational programs on farmer nutrient management practices.
Woodland owner education Through the Regional Natural Resources Program, Professor Genskow is working with partners on approaches to target outreach efforts to woodland owners not traditionally involved in forest management. For more information on woodland management programs through UW-Extension, visit: http://woodlandinfo.org.
Outreach for stormwater and agricultural nonpoint source pollution Professor Genskow supports planning and education efforts related to urban and rural nonpoint sources of pollution. For more information about these efforts in Wisconsin, visit: http://runoffinfo.uwex.edu
Professor Genskow is involved in numerous additional outreach and research projects, including
-Volunteer monitoring for water quality (http://www.usawaterquality.org/volunteer/)
-Integrated climate sensitivity analysis for the National Estuarine Research Reserves System (NERRS) (http://erc.cals.wisc.edu/climatesensitivitynerrs/)
-Understanding Manure Irrigation (http://fyi.uwex.edu/manureirrigation)
-Targeting in watershed management (http://erc.cals.wisc.edu/targetingprimer/)