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Cumberland conference highlights Eurasian water milfoil

“Making Good Lakes Better,” a conference for lake organizations on lakes with or without Eurasian water milfoil, takes place from 8:25 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. June 20 at Cumberland Middle School, 980 Eighth Ave., Cumberland. The conference is dedicated to sharing experiences and learning how to deal with issues caused by Eurasian water milfoil.

There are about 45 lakes in Northwest Wisconsin that have the invasive species. Most are managing the menace in some form though a combination of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources grants, lake organization fees or donations, and other local sources. All had to go through the required management planning and implementation process to make it happen.

There are three goals for this conference: Sharing management experiences, learning about DNR grant priorities and the future of grant programs, and discussing the benefits of groups coming together to cooperatively address Eurasian water milfoil. Speakers from local lake organizations share their experience in dealing with it.

In addition to having the opportunity to ask questions of each speaker, the conference wraps up with a roundtable discussion involving all presenters of the day.

Throughout the day, attendees can view related displays that students from the Island City Academy have prepared.

Visit the website at https://sites.google.com/a/csdmail.com/ewm/ for information. Both the agenda and a registration form may be found on the website, or send an email to David Blumer at dblumerleaps@gmail.com. Cost of the conference is $25 and includes lunch, morning and evening snacks, all sessions and the student exhibits.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Vermillion Lakes Association, the Sand Lake Management District and the Island City Academy.

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