The public is invited to an all day workshop on April 24th in St. Croix Falls, WI. The workshop will focus on zebra mussel monitoring, control, and watercraft decontamination. Speakers will include representatives from the Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources, University of Minnesota, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, and more.
Zebra mussels are small, fingernail-sized invasive mussels that can devastate native mussel populations. Native to Eastern Europe and Western Russia, zebra mussels were brought over in the ballast water of ships, and first found in the Great Lakes in 1988. Today, zebra mussels have been found in the St. Croix River from Stillwater south to its confluence with the Mississippi River, and in nearby lakes such as Forest Lake in Washington County, Bass Lake in St. Croix County, Deer Lake in Polk County, and Big McKenzie Lake in Burnett and Washburn Counties.
Zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species are a threat to the overall health of the St. Croix River and its tributaries. One of the first eight nationally designated wild and scenic rivers, the St. Croix is one of the cleanest tributaries to the Mississippi River. It is a high-value fishery, and the healthy, diverse ecosystem includes at least 40 species of mussels, several of which are rare or endangered. The introduction of aggressive invasive species into this complex system threatens the ecological integrity of the river as well as the unique cultural resources and our outdoor heritage.
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Registration is required. To register or learn more, visit https://www.stcroixriverassociation.org/event/zebra-mussel-workshop/
Angelique Dahlberg, Invasive Species Coordinator, St. Croix River Association
(715) 483-3300 | email@example.com
Katelin Anderson, Information and Education Coordinator and Water Quality Specialist, Polk County Land and Water Resources Department
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From: Erin McFarlane, UW-Extension-Lakes
For those of you who haven’t heard yet, the new Clean Boats, Clean Waters Watercraft Inspection Video Scenarios are now available to view on the CBCW website! The seven scenarios were created to aid watercraft inspectors in learning how to have a conversation with boaters and anglers at the boat landing while conducting an inspection. An introductory video explains the purposes of the scenarios, and the first scenario provides an example of a complete watercraft inspection from start to finish. The following six videos focus on specific scenarios, such as how to talk to an angler leaving the landing with live bait, and begin after the inspector has introduced themselves to the boater and asked some of the initial questions from the inspection report form. The last video discusses how to thoroughly take the prevention steps and walks through the process of cleaning off a boat. These videos are meant to enhance the CBCW trainings, not replace them, and serve as a post-training resource for our inspectors.
CBCW Inspection Video Scenarios: http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/UWEXLakes/Pages/programs/cbcw/resources.aspx
I know these videos have been a long time coming, so I really appreciate your patience in waiting for their arrival. A HUGE thank you to our partners who helped in the production of the videos! Audrey Greene with Walworth County, Hans Bremer representing UW-Sea Grant, Chris Hamerla with Golden Sands RC&D, Gary Harper representing Dane County, and Tim Campbell and Christal Campbell with DNR/UWEX worked tirelessly in chilly conditions in an effort to create a useful resource for inspectors.
I look forward to hearing how they work for all of you!
Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach Specialist & CBCW Educator
University of Wisconsin – Extension Lakes
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
College of Natural Resources, Rm 212
800 Reserve Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
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