4th Annual AIS Roundtable

Invitation to the 4th Annual Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Roundtable 

Everyone invited!

Saturday morning, April 28, 2018   —  8:45AM – 12 Noon —   Crosslake Community Center, 14126 Daggett Pine Road, Crosslake, MN 56442.  

Learn  How AIS Might Be Affecting Your Lake and Sport Fish.  And other new AIS information!

Dr. Nick Phelps, University of Minnesota. Dr. Nick Phelps, Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota and Director of the Minnesota AIS Research Center (MAISRC),  will provide a report on new AIS research accomplishments and future plans.  MAISRC research is the long-term key to controlling and preventing non-native AIS in our lakes.

Bethany Bethke, a fisheries research biologist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources working out of the Duluth-French River Office.  Bethany will report on research started last year, together with other MAISRC researchers, on the impacts of zebra mussels and spiny waterfleas on walleye and sport fish.

Jacob Frie, who is the County administrator for the State AIS inspection grant, will report on the County AIS Plan

Also hear about, the experimental program in Wright County which requires mandatory boat/trailer inspections at an off-lake site.

Tim Plude, DNR AIS Specialist-Brainerd will talk about our local aquatic invasive species. (He just found Eurasian watermilfoil on the downstream side of our the Corps dam at Cross Lake.)

Joe Brodil, WAPOA AIS Director will have information about citizens becoming AIS detectors or AIS Trackers — important volunteer services with the                                              

Joe Brodil, WAPOA AIS Director will provide information about becoming an AIS Detector or AIS Tracker, important volunteer services with University of Minnesota AIS Research Center and the DNR.

Aaron Nelson, Principal, Pequot Lakes High School will describe the introduction of AIS and water quality into the science curriculum in the fall of 2018.

 The coffee will be ready by 8:00 AM, along with some treats, and time for meeting and greeting other attendees.

For more than fifty (50) years, WAPOA has served an important mission of strong advocacy for actions to sustain and improve quality surface and ground water in the Whitefish Area and the Pine River Watershed. We want to “kick-off” the season “at the lake” with this educational and informational program.

If questions about this program, contact Joe Brodil, WAPOA AIS Director, at jmbrodil@live.com or Tom Watson, WAPOA President, at President@wapoa.org.