OLMS conference, training session set March 19, 20 at Canton

March 1, 2010

The Ohio Lake Management Society (OLMS) is preparing for its spring conference and a water quality monitoring workshop scheduled in March at two Stark County Park District facilities.

 

Registration deadline is this Friday (March 5) to attend the daylong OLMS spring conference scheduled March 19 at the Stark County Park District’s Exploration Gateway at Canton.

 

The conference, entitled “Ecological Integrity of Lakes and Shorelands,” will feature a broad range of topics for review and discussion, including shoreland ecology, erosion control strategies, ecological design principles, hazardous algal blooms, the restoration of Stark County’s Sippo Lake and the strategy for rehabilitation of the reservoirs and dams in the Muskingum River Watershed. The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the cost of $75 per person includes breakfast and lunch.  Students will be admitted for $20 for the day.

 

To register, visit the conference section of the OLMS website at www.olms.org.

 

Presenters will include Mary Blickenderfer, an extension educator from the University of Minnesota Extension Service; Jeffrey Schloss, extension professor from the University of New Hampshire; John Hoopingarner, executive director of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD); John Watkins, chief of the Office of Coastal Management of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; Darrin Petko, natural resources crew leader for the Stark County Park District; Thomas U. Gordon, executive director of the Maine Association of Conservation Districts; and Linda Merchant-Masonbrink, environmental specialist for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Division of Surface Water.

 

The following day, on March 20, OLMS also will host a free training session for anyone who wants to perform routine water quality monitoring on a lake, reservoir or pond in Ohio. The session will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sippo Lake Marina operated by the Stark County Park District at 5300 Tyner St. NW, Canton.

 

There is no fee for the training, but pre-registration is required and can be made through the OLMS website or by contacting OLMS President Beth Buchanan at (330) 322-7306 or via e-mail at bethbuchanan@windstream.net.

 

Participants will receive a lake monitoring kit and other items needed to perform the monitoring tasks.

 

The events are co-sponsored with OLMS by the MWCD.

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