Summit for lake and river groups set Nov. 7

Keynote presentation: Aquatic Invasive Species and Local Government

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As the issue of aquatic invasive species (AIS) has garnered more attention in recent years, some local government units have been taking a proactive role in preventing their spread. With the discovery of zebra mussels in Lake Minnetonka in 2010, and with experts warning of additional, more harmful species yet to come, the battle against AIS will need partners from state and local government as well as active citizens to minimize the potential negative impacts.

Representatives from local government who will take part in the summit include:

Tony Brough, Hennepin County – Tony has been an instrumental part of Hennepin County’s progressive take on boat access signage as seen at the North Arm access to Lake Minnetonka. Learn more.

Rachael Crabb, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board – Rachael has been involved with the MPRB resolution that requires an inspection for AIS before a person launches any water-related equipment at the public boat launches on Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet and Lake Nokomis. Learn more.

Eric Evenson, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District – Through education and awareness, applied research projects, and prevention measures, the MCWD has been working to expand the array of effective tools available to local governments, lake associations, and residents throughout the District as they work together on AIS. Learn more.

Break out Sessions

After dinner, choose from two breakout sessions:

Dan Petrik, Minnesota DNR, Shoreland Rules Update – While the DNR’s shoreland rules have not changed since 1989, the last two decades have seen dramatically changing development around Minnesota’s lakes and rivers. The rules form the minimum standard for protecting the important landscape around our waters and are in great need of updating. Come hear about the history of the update effort and what is in store for the next legislative session. Learn more.

Alex Gehrig, Freshwater Society, Engaging your membership – Sit down with other water group representatives and share your stories of success and/or frustration in keeping your group’s membership engaged. We will also have a brief talk and discussion about the Community Clean-ups program promoted by the Freshwater Society – as a potential tool to connect with your members. Learn more.

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