This popular regional event of lake science, policy and culture sponsored annually by the five northwest counties (Burnett, Douglas, Bayfield, Sawyer and Washburn) returns to Hayward on June 16. The all day program will again be a great opportunity for lake enthusiasts, local government officials and others interested in enjoying and protecting our lakes to take in a number of educational presentations, visit many informative exhibits and network with fellow conference attendees.
The conference’s co-keynote speakers are Aaron Thompson and Nels Paulson, who will present on the topic, “Change Society, Change Individuals, Change Water Quality: Why We Need to Focus on Community and Not Individual Changes.” Their presentation will answer the question why we have clean watersheds and explore the social origins of clean watersheds. They will describe what works and why with a focus on changes in communities to create mechanisms that are uniquely appropriate to a given watershed for changing land use and water quality. Aaron and Nels will highlight strategies that can be used to simultaneously assess and develop community capacity in your watershed.
Twelve different breakout sessions will be featured during the conference covering a wide variety of lake-related topics and issues, including: lake surveys, dragonfly larvae as a mercury indicator, carp control and wild rice management, lake science limnology, measuring the value of water, how the DNR uses citizen volunteer lake monitoring data, lake restoration success stories, Eurasian water milfoil long-term trends and impacts of 2,4-D on fisheries, woody habitat science, successful lake management projects, zebra mussels and shoreland wildlife.
Numerous exhibitors, including lake and natural resource-related nonprofit organizations as well as private businesses, which provide products and services for lakes, will have displays at the conference.