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Invitation to the 5th Annual AIS Roundtable

Web posted April 23, 2019
Sport Fish, or about watercraft water transporting veligers?

The Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) will host the fifth annual AIS Roundtable program Saturday, May 4 from 8:00AM to noon. We want to “kick-off” the season “at the lake” with this educational and informational program.

We invite our members, area lake association members, local government officials, neighbors, students and all interested persons to attend this “no-fee” event.

We are pleased to have a program featuring Dr. Nick Phelps, Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota and Director of the Minnesota AIS Research Center (MAISRC), who will provide an annual report on AIS research accomplishments and plans. MAISRC research is the long-term key to controlling and preventing non-native AIS in our lakes. He will also report on the initial research started two years ago on the impacts of zebra mussels and spiny waterfleas on walleye and sport fish.

We are also pleased to have Wesley Glisson, senior researcher at MAISRC, to provide valuable information about starry stonewort and hybrid milfoil, newer AIS plant species found in Hubbard, Stearns and Beltrami Counties. Lake Koronis’ experience with the impacts of starry stonewort has had publicity in recent years. Wes will be addressing the research in the Dr. Dan Larkin Lab at MAISRC on these aquatic plant matters.

Adam Doll, the DNR Watercraft Inspection Coordinator, will present his recently completed Master’s Degree thesis on the effect of residual water in watercraft for transporting zebra mussel veligers and new initiatives with the boating industry on watercraft design.

Other program items include a report on watercraft inspection program and plans, Crow Wing County AIS Plan, Starry Trek, AIS Detector or AIS Tracker programs, and important volunteer opportunities with MAISRC and DNR.

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.

If you are interested in non-native AIS plans, impacts of AIS on walleyes, or learning more about starry stonewort and hybrid milfoil, you should attend this event.

The 2019 AIS Roundtable will be held Saturday morning, May 4 from 8:45AM to noon, at the Ideal
Community Center, 35458 Butternut Point Rd, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472. The coffee will be ready by 8:00AM, along with some treats, and time for meeting and greeting other attendees. The program will commence at 8:45AM.

If questions about this program, contact Joe Brodil, WAPOA AIS Director, at jmbrodil@live.com or Tom Watson, WAPOA Past President: twatson@iphouse.com

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