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2012 AIS Symposium

Monday, March 19, 2012

Summary

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The 2012 MN AIS Symposium was an enriching and inspiring time. About 230 people showed up over the two-day event to hear national AIS experts discuss the latest in research and policy. We heard from technical experts, lawyers, professors, key state legislators and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. As usual, it wouldn't have been possible without broad partnership or the passion among Minnesotans for proecting our water resources. 

Panel presentationDay one featured experts on aquatic invasive plant management. John Madsen (Mississippi State University), Mike Netherland (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), John Rodgers (Clemson University), Don Stubbs (U.S. EPA) and Eric Dibble (Mississippi State University) all appeared on behalf of the Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation, one of the Symposium's sponsors.


Senator Klobuchar at a podiumThe audience received an update on the status of invasive aquatic plant control from Chip Welling of the Minnesota DNR. Over lunch, several key state legislators -- Rep. Denny McNamara, Rep. Jean Wagenius and Rep. Paul Torkelson -- discussed legislative activity affecting water quality. A panel of experts discussed non-chemical plant control methods, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar gave concluding remarks that included discussion on her efforts to address Asian Carp.   

Day two focused on aquatic animal managment. Carver County Commissioner Randy Maluchnik and state legislators sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen and Rep. John Ward provided opening remarks. A panel of the some of the biggest names in Minnesota's fight against invasive species discussed the present AIS threat and control methods. A panel of environmental attorneys discussed legal and policy issues regarding AIS Management, Hospitality Minnesota Director Dan McElroy presented on the economic impact of AIS on the state's tourism industry and University of Minnesota researcher Peter Sorensen discussed the importance of AIS research. 

Resources

If you missed the Symposium or would like a refresher, you may view several of the presentations from the Symposium: 

View the conference materials

Photos from the event:

Media Coverage

Conference Description

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From Asian carp to flowering rush, aquatic invasive species (AIS) are threatening Minnesota's precious water resources and the communities that depend on them.

Join local officials, scientists, natural resource professionals and concerned citizens to learn about the latest research on AIS management and the policy and legal implications of the approaches available today.

The two-day event will take place March 19 and 20 at the Kelly Inn in St. Paul, within walking distance of the State Capitol building. Day one will focus on aquatic invasive plants such as Eurasian watermilfoil, curlyleaf pondweed and flowering rush. Day two will focus on invasive aquatic animals including zebra mussels and Asian carp. 

Zebra mussels on a rockThe symposium features speakers and panelists from across the country and with extensive experience in AIS issues. Topics will include the latest research on AIS management, legal and policy issues, economic impacts and current legislative initiatives.