8:00-8:30 Registration with Continental Breakfast
Location: Berkshire Community College
8:30-9:00 Plenary Session with Keynote Speaker
Senator Ben Downing
Update on NPDES Permitting
Michael Lennon, ACT
9:15-10:30 First Workshop Sessions
A. Fisheries Resources in the Lakes and Ponds of Western Massachusetts Rm H108
Andrew Madden, Western District Manager Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW)
A discussion of the fisheries resources in Western Mass lakes and ponds including an overview of the Division of Fisheries programs including the stocking program.
B. Native and Non-native Aquatic Plant Identification - Rm H111
Tom Flannery, Lakes and Ponds Program, Department of Conserva¬tion and Recreation (DCR)
Lakes need aquatic plants, however some are beneficial and some are not. This class will show you how to identify both non-native invasive plants and some of the native plants that are commonly confused with them. Please feel free to bring samples of aquatic plants from your lake for identification in this session or during the exhibit time.
C. A Primer on Lake and Pond Management - Rm H112
Michael Lennon, Aquatic Control Technology (ACT)
A great place to start for the newcomer. Learn how a lake functions and what factors are important to its health. Basic information on water quality moni¬toring and lake management
10:30-11:15 Morning Break & Visit Exhibitors
Please take this additional time to visit the exhibitors that are supporting our event!
11:15-12:30 Second Workshop Sessions
D. Water Monitoring for Watershed Planning Rm - H108
Barrett Gaylord, New England Region, YSI Instruments and Sensors
Water Quality Monitoring: A discussion of parameters, measurement techniques, and the importance of these data in assessing the status of your lake or pond.
E. Zebra Mussel UPdate pdate - Rm H111
Jim Straub, Lakes and Ponds Program, DCR
With the discovery of Zebra Mussels in Berkshire County (Laurel Lake) this subject is on everyone's radar. This session will provide an update on the status of Zebra Mussels in Massachusetts. A summary of DCR's Zebra Mus-sel education, monitoring and outreach program will also be included
F. Controlling Invasive Weeds In and Around the Lake - Rm H112
Mercedes Gallagher, Director, Center Pond Weed Project
Hand-Pulling Milfoil, Curly-leaf, Spiny Naiad and native 'nuisance' aquatics. Manual methods for Purple Loosestrife, Phragmites and Japanese Knotweed. Results from 10 years experience. Techniques to implement a successful program.
12:30 - end - LAPA-West Business eeting
All attendees are encouraged to attend.
This Conference jointly sponsored by the Environmental Science Department of Berkshire Community College and LAPA.