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Fall Conference 2014

Managing Aquatic Invasive Plants:
Getting Your Feet Wet and Coming Out Ahead

Saturday, September 27, 2014
8:30 AM - 4 PM
Framingham State University

Fiske Pond Before PhotoFiske Pond After Photo

The above Fiske Pond (before and after) photos, are courtesy of the Department of Conservation and Recreation

Come to the conference and learn through presentations and case studies!

Water chestnut, milfoil, fanwort, curly pondweed, and other invasive aquatic plants are prevalent in many lakes, ponds, and rivers throughout the Commonwealth. They destroy habitat necessary to sustain a diverse and natural ecosystem and inhibit or prevent recreational use of natural resources.

How can we effectively control or remove the invasive plants choking our local water bodies? Presentations and case studies will introduce strategies for tackling these problems and the permit requirements for aquatic invasive species work.

Participants will come away from the conference better prepared to identify common invasive aquatic plants; better educated about “lake law” and appropriate management techniques-biological, physical and chemical; better able to develop and analyze effective, long-term management plans; and more aware of how invasive species projects can be funded.

Conference Agenda (Subject to change):

Registration
Coffee/tea and other edibles
Welcome and Introduction
ABOUT AQUATIC INVASIVE PLANTS
Tom Flannery, DCR
  • Overview and Essential Information
    • Natural history of aquatic plants
    • Definition of invasive species
    • Why invasives are considered "bad"
  • The Worst Offenders: Nuisance Aquatic Plants
    • Identifying key features of the worst offending plants
    • The "watch list;" what to be on the lookout for
UNDERSTANDING THE BIOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL PROCESSES OF LAKES, PONDS, AND RIVERS
Carl Nielsen, ESS
  • Lake and Pond Basics, and Rivers too
    • Lake and riverine features and processes
    • Eutrophication and its relationship to aquatic plants
MANAGEMENT APPROACHES: CONSIDERING THE OPTIONS AND LIMITATIONS
Carl Nielsen, ESS
  • Survey of Management Techniques
    • Biological, physical, and chemical (herbicides) control
    • Importance of monitoring and appropriate levels of effort
Morning Break
MANAGEMENT APPROACHES: CONSIDERING THE OPTIONS AND LIMITATIONS
Kenneth Wagner, Water Resources Services
  • Weighing the Management Options
    • Determining applicability and desirability of management techniques
    • Factors that discourage invasive plant growth
Q&A
Lunch
PERMITTING AND IMPLEMENTATION: MAKING IT HAPPEN
  • Managing Aquatic Invasive Plants in a Complex Regulatory Environment
    Gregor McGregor, Esq., McGregor & Associates
    • The relevant federal and state laws and regulations for managing aquatic invasive plants in rivers, lakes, and ponds
  • Getting Started and Putting it All Together
    Speaker TBA
    • Creating an aquatic plant management campaign or strategy
    • Funding options: federal, state, and local
  • Filing with a Conservation Commission
    Speaker TBA
    • Essential components in an aquatic plant management Notice of Intent
  • Action by a Conservation Commission
    Speaker TBA
    • Essential components of an effective Order of Conditions for aquatic plant management
    • Sample conditions for an Order of Conditions
Afternoon Break
CASE STUDIES
  • Challenges in Managing Nuisance Aquatic Plants in Riverine Systems
    Julie Wood, CRWA, and Alison Field-Juma, OARS
    • Charles River Watershed Assocation and OARS’ experiences managing invasive plants in rivers using a variety of tools
  • Challenges in Managing Nuisance Aquatic Plants in Lakes and Ponds
    Chris Picone, Fitchburg State University and Ashburnham Conservation Commission
    • Experiences managing nuisance invasive plants using a variety of tools in several lakes and ponds in Ashburnham
OPEN DISCUSSION
  • Open Mic
    • Q&A on Aquatic Invasive Plant Control
Closing and Adjourn

Conference registration:

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Conference fee:

  • MACC Members $95; Non-members $120; Government Agency Employees $105;
    Full-time students $45
  • For those living or working in Metrowest Communities: MACC Members $70;
    Non-members $90; Full-time students $30 (See list of MetroWest Communities HERE)

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The conference is funded in part by a grant from The Foundation for MetroWest