WAPOA Educating Boaters at Antique Boat Show

 

 

Classic/Antique Boat Show

June 18, 2016 at Moonlight Bay   —   Crosslake

Kids examining stick with real zebra mussels attached

Kids examining stick with real zebra mussels attached

Volunteer Jim Schultz discusses WAPOA's water quality work

Volunteer Jim Schultz discusses WAPOA’s water quality work

l-r,Pat Hecker, Jeff Laurel, MJ Schneider, Jim Schultz staffing WAPOA exhibit at Boat Show

l-r,Pat Hecker, Jeff Laurel, MJ Schneider, Jim Schultz staffing WAPOA exhibit at Boat Show

2016  was the 29th year for this Crosslake tradition.  There were about 40 visiting boats on the docks, more in the parking lot above, good weather, and a steady flow of visitors.

It is a great opportunity to spread word about better water.  Our exhibit is located near the  main entrance to the docks.  That provides the opportunity for everyone attending to the show to see our exhibit.

We were there from early in the morning to mid-afternoon. Our exhibit was staffed with WAPOA volunteers who are knowledgeable about the lakes and our activities.

This year most of the visitors had questions about invasive species and water quality.

WAPOA does water testing on about 40 lakes and brings its current water quality map to the show. Usually several people are gathered about it.

Available for the public are numerous pamphlets and visual aids about invasive species, shoreland restoration, lake water quality, boating laws, dock regulations, and more.

We also have, courtesy of the MN DNR, actual preserved specimens of invasive species.

One long stick loaded with attached zebra mussels seemed to gather the most interest–especially among the kids.

 

 

 

 

 


Below 2015

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WAPOA display at the 2015 Antique/Classic Boat Show held at Moonlite Bay. Joe Brodil, WAPOA AIS Director chats with a visitor about shoreline restoration

 

WAPOA display at entrance to boat show surrounded by boats that did not make it into the water. Those were docked in the lake immediately below the display.

WAPOA display at entrance to boat show surrounded by boats that did not make it into the water. Most boats were in the water immediately below the display, docked in the lake. WAPOA President, Tom Watson is caught on the far left side of the photo talking to another visitor who is not visible in this photo.

WAPOA was once again at the Whitefish  Chain Antique and Wooden Boat Rendezvous on Saturday, June 18th at its usual Moonlite Bay location in Crosslake.

It was the 29th year for this Crosslake tradition.  There were about 40 visiting boats on the docks, more in the parking lot above, good weather, and a steady flow of visitors.

It is a great opportunity to spread word about better water.  Our exhibit is located near the  main entrance to the docks.  That provides the opportunity for everyone attending to the show to see our exhibit.

We were there from early in the morning to mid-afternoon. Our exhibit was staffed with WAPOA volunteers who are knowledgeable about the lakes and our activities.

This year most of the visitors had questions about invasive species and water quality.

WAPOA does water testing on about 40 lakes and brings its current water quality map to the show. Usually several people are gathered about it.

Available for the public are numerous pamphlets and visual aids about invasive species, shoreland restoration, lake water quality, boating laws, dock regulations, and more.

We also have, courtesy of the MN DNR, actual preserved specimens of invasive species.

One long stick loaded with attached zebra mussels seemed to gather the most interest–especially among the kids.

 

 


 


 

See 2014 event just below

WAPOA volunteers once again had our educational exhibit.

We provided invasive species education at the  2014 Antique Boat Show

WAPOA volunteers at the WAPOA display at the 2014 Antique and Classic Boat Show. With over 10,000 visitors this was a good place to talk to many boaters about invasive species and better water quality.

WAPOA volunteers at the WAPOA display at the 2014 Antique and Classic Boat Show.
With over 10,000 visitors this was a good place to talk to many boaters about invasive species and better water quality.

 

More than ten Thousands of people walked by the WAPOA exhibit at the entrance to the docks. Many stopped to talk to the WAPOA volunteers.

  • The WAPOA volunteers provided information about measures that one can take to prevent invasive species.
  •  At present the Whitefish Chain does not have Eurasian water milfoil.  Zebra mussels were discovered in the summer of 2013 and all lakes in the Chain are now listed as infested.
  • Other WAPOA volunteers were at critical accesses doing inspections of the antique boats entering the water and also educating boaters.
  • WAPOA’s efforts to prevent invasive species are not limited to the day of the boat show.
  • Cooperative effort involving WAPOA, the MN DNR, and Crow Wing County has resulted in 3 full-time trained access inspectors this summer for the Whitefish Chain.  The Whitefish Chain has at least 7 busy public accesses.
  • WAPOA volunteers are also spending the summer getting essential printed information about prevention of invasive species directly to boaters at boat accesses.

 

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WAPOA volunteers Judy Wallschlaeger, Ann Schrupp, and Sandy Melberg, just after setup, ready for boat show visitors.

 

 

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Dave Fisher, Past-President, discussing water quality with visitors to the boat show.

>Almost everything WAPOA does is concerned with water quality.

WAPOA has an extensive water quality monitoring program.

These boats have just tied up at the Moonlite Bay Docks

Antique and Classic boats at the Moonlite Bay docks.