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Whitefish Area Property Owners Association to host aquatic invasive species roundtable May 7

The program will be in-person with coffee and sweets as well as presented in a virtual format.

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CROSSLAKE — The Whitefish Area Property Owners Association will host its seventh annual Aquatic Invasive Species Roundtable program from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 7, at Camp Knutson, 11148 Manhattan Point Blvd., Crosslake.

The program will be in-person with coffee and sweets as well as presented in a virtual format.

WAPOA members, area lake association members, local government officials, neighbors, students and all interested people are invited to attend this free event. Registration is required at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-wapoa-ais-roundtable-registration-324327340807.

A program will feature Nick Phelps, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota and director of the Minnesota AIS Research Center. He will provide a report updating AIS research successes and plans and new decision-making initiatives about AIS management. MAISRC research successes are the long-term key to managing AIS populations.

In addition to Phelps, graduate fellows will give presentations on present AIS research for using eDNA in the detection of invasive species; presence and impacts of invasive, hybrid cattails on habitat and fish populations; and the impacts of zebra mussels on walleyes and water quality in lakes and water bodies.

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Thanks to MAISRC’s research, invasive species can be located earlier, better response to new infestations is available, and new tools have been developed to control established populations.

For more than 50 years and as a MAISRC partner, 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.

For more information, contact Tom Watson at twatson@iphouse.com.

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