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Two speakers to address WAPOA at June 7 annual meeting

The public is invited to attend the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA) annual meeting and free breakfast Saturday, June 7, at the Ideal Town Hall, located along County Road 16 west of Crosslake.

Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. for viewing of vendor displays, with a free breakfast to begin at 8 a.m.

There will be two speakers. Michael A. McCartney, research assistant professor, Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC), University of Minnesota Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, will be the main speaker. He will address plans for zebra mussel research, both in the shorter and longer term, along with a proposed study (which is under peer review) in the Whitefish Chain.

This work would emphasize sampling of veliger larvae from lakes with scattered adults and identify possible approaches for the initial detection of early stage infestations. McCartney, an expert on molecular ecology of mollusks, other invertebrates and fish, joined MAISRC in December 2013 as its first full-time faculty member.

Henry Erdman, lobbyist for the Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates, will also speak. He will provide an overview of the 2014 legislative session activity relative to the increasing threat of aquatic invasive species (AIS), public water quality issues, tax matters affecting lake property owners and actions facing WAPOA’s work preventing the spread of AIS in the chain.

WAPOA welcomes everyone to join the organization. Membership is not limited to people who live on lakes. There are lots of folks who use the lakes, appreciate their beauty and want to protect and improve the lakes for future generations, and to preserve tourism and local business. Bring a neighbor or friend and support healthy waters.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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