Summit at a Glance

2018 Sessions are subject to change. Check back for speaker bios, session details and more.

Day 1: February 28, 2018

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am – Registration
  • 9:00 – 9:45 am – Welcome, The Importance of Citizen Action
  • 9:45-10:15 am – Keynote: AIS in a Changing World

    Don Shelby, Retired WCCO news anchor

  • 10:30 – 11:30 am – Plenary: The New Normal – Understanding and Preparing for Changes to our Natural Environment

    Facilitator: Don Shelby
    Michael Hoff, retired, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    Dr. Peter Sorensen, University of Minnesota
    Dr. Ray Newman, University of Minnesota
    Dr. Jim Cotner,

  • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Lunch – Presentation:
    Ballast Water – Ground Zero in the Fight Against AIS

    Phyllis Green, National Park Service

    • 1:00 – 2:30 pm – Breakout One

      Track One – Angling and AIS – Role of Anglers and Impacts to Fisheries

      • Cass County Tournament Program-Rima Smith Keprios, Eric Bakke
      • The Role of Zebra Mussels in Walleye Production in Mille Lacs Fish Ecology, Fisheries and Policy-Dr. Tony Pitcher (SKYPE)
      • Impact of Walleye Decline on Mille Lacs Tax Base-Al Heim

      Track Two* – Mandatory Regional AIS Inspection/Decon – A MN Pilot Project Update

      • Wright County Inspection Pilot Program Overview & Findings-Blaine Blakely & Chris Hector
      • Other Counties have tried. How did Wright County succeed? A Case Study-Kathy Jonsrud

      Track Three* – Concordia Study – Who Are MN Lake Associations and What Do They Do

      • Concorida Study overview & findings-Dr. Mona Ibrahim & Dr. Michelle Marko
      • Implications of the Concordia Study-Jeff Forester
      • Legislative Strategies-Jeff Forester

      *Live streaming attendees will have a choice to view either Track Two or Three online.

    • 2:45 – 4:15 pm – Breakout Two

      Track One – Fisheries-What Are the Future Projections for Fisheries Management?

      • Impacts of Fishing on Fish Populations-Early Maturity-Dr. Peter Sorensen
      • St. Louis County AIS Introduction Risk Assessment-Josh Dumke & Kristi Nixon
      • Carpageddon-Research on a Virus to Decimate Common Carp-Sunil Kumar Mor & Isaiah Tolo

      Track Two* – Assessing the Spread of AIS in Minnesota

      • Lakewide eDNA – New Technology Allows You to Find Out Exactly What is in the Lake-Dr. Jessica Eichmiller
      • Will AIS get to your lake and will they survive – Targeting resources where the risk is greatest-Dr. Nicholas Phelps & Dr Ranjan Muthukrishnan
      • Spiny Water Fleas – Mode of transport, survivability, and ecosystems impacts-Dr. Donn Branstrator, PhD, University of Minnesota Duluth

      Track Three* – AIS in the Schools – Curriculum to Engage Local Students

      • Use of Weevils to Control of Eurasian water milfoil-Dr. Sallie Sheldon
      • Curriculum for Local School Kids to Use Weevils to Protect a Local Lake-Paul Hamilton
      • Data is Power: eDNA to find out what is in your lake – Portable eDNA Screening Tool for use by Students/Lake Associations-Chris Merkes

      *Live streaming attendees will have a choice to view either Track Two or Three online.

    • 4:30 – 5:30 pm – Breakout Three

      Track One* – Local Actions and Programs – Beyond AIS to Increase Lake Resiliency

      • Creating a Lake Association Foundation to secure Conservation Easements-Lindsey Ketchel
      • Sustainable Shoreline Incentive Act-Barb Eller & Jeff Forester

      Track Two – Latest Science – Are We Close to Effective Management?

      • Research on Effectiveness of Various Agents on Zebra Mussels-Jim Luoma
      • Identifying Human Behaviors to Inform More Effective Outreach Efforts-Loren Hatch

      Track Three* – Local Impacts, Innovations and Improvements

      • Resort Owner Programs Increase Protection-Bill Grantges & Jeff Lovegren & Emily Nelson & Rima Smith Keprios
      • Assess the Impact of Deploying a Prototype User-operated AIS Cleaning Station-Pat Conzemius & Edgar Rudberg

      *Live streaming attendees will have a choice to view either Track One or Three online.

    • 5:30 – 7:00 pm – Exhibitor Sponsored Cocktail Reception with Cash Bar and Complimentary Appetizers

      Meet Officer Shelby, DNR’s K9 officer trained to sniff out zebra mussels.

Day 2: March 1, 2018

  • 7:00 – 9:00 am – Exhibitor Sponsored Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00-8:55 am – Pre-Session Meeting:
    AIS Prevention Dollars: A Statewide Snapshot

    Justin Townsend
    How are other AIS prevention programs across the state utilizing their allocated funds? What invasive species are natural resource professionals most concerned about? How have funding priorities changed in the past several years?
    A Presentation: Results from a survey of SWCDs
    A Comparison: AIS prevention fund priorities, past & future
    A Discussion: Why these are the priorities funds are being allocated to
    What’s next: Invasive species of most concern and how the list has changed

  • 9:00 – 9:15 am – Welcome and Announcements
  • 9:15 – 10:45 am – Plenary
    Legal Panel: Role for County Attorneys in AIS Prevention and Increase Consistency Across Jurisdictions.

    Introduction and Moderator:
    Stephanie Showalter Otts, J.D., National Sea Grant Law Center
    Greg Kryzer, Wright County Attorney
    Deputy, Wright County Sherrif
    Jeff Hahn, Polk County, Wisconsin Sherriff’s Department
    Kevin Reuther, Chief Legal Officer, MN Center for Environmental Advocacy
    Jim Grey, Attorney

    • 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Breakout Four

      Track One* -Starry Stonewort Panel-Impact, Control & Next Steps

      • Management of Starry Stonewort in Koronis Lake-Kevin Farnum
      • Emerging Methods for the Control of Starry Stonewort-Dr. John Rodgers, Jr.
      • MAISRC Research Efforts to Control Starry Stonewort-Dr. Dan Larkin

      Track Two* – Local Impacts, Innovations & Improvement

      • Use of Herbicide to Control Eurasian Water Milfoil without Harming Native Plant Communities-Patrick Selter
      • Zebra Mussel Veliger density monitoring in Alexandria Area Lakes-Moriya Rufer & Justin Swart
      • Lake Minnewashta vs. Zebra Mussels: A Collaborative Effort to Control & Treat Repeated Introductions of Zebra Mussels to a Popular Metro Lake-Justin Townsend

      Track Three – Water Connects Us All – Introduction to Freshwater Protected Areas
      Overview and Moderator:
      Dr. Peter Sorensen
      Expert Panelists: (SKYPE)
      Rashid Somali, Fisheries Economist, University of British Columbia
      Dr. Cory Suski, University of Illinois
      Dr. Cindy Chu, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
      Dr. Bill Walsh, Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources

      *Live streaming attendees will have a choice to view either Track One or Two online.

  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm – Lunch and Closing Comments – Jeff Forester