Water Talks

Water Talks

Understanding our Lakes

Understanding our Legacy

Mark your calendars! Legacy of the Lakes Museum and the Douglas County Lakes Association are proud to present “Water Talks,” a speaker series devoted to stewardship of our lakes. Join us for these virtual talks with experts so we can understand and protect our lakes for future generations.

Free to the Public | 7:00 – 8:00 pm | Zoom Webinar

June 8th- “Like Politics, All Water is Local”

Our first talk from John Linc Stine, Executive Director at Freshwater.

We say it all the time “our lake…”, “my stretch of shoreline…” or “our aquifer.” There’s an obvious reason we talk about water in this way. We will always understand water quality and care for it based on what we see and do every day. Not surprisingly, protecting and restoring water can only happen when people see it as their civic responsibility, kind of like voting for elections. John Linc Stine describes how water is protected or polluted in and around Alexandria, Douglas County and the neighboring area and encourage participants to take local action for water stewardship

July 13th- “Cabin and Lakehome Shoreline Management”

Paul J. Radomski is a lake scientist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He has worked for over 30 years on lake management issues and has published extensively on ecological and conservation matters. Paul currently serves as Minnesota’s lead scientific expert on lakeshore habitat management issues. He is co-author of a book titled Lakeshore Living.

August 10th- “Our Magnificent Lake History”

Rachel Barduson is a history enthusiast who loves to research, write, and share the tales that have been chronicled by earlier historians. She is a free-lance writer for the Echo Press’ weekly Archive Column and monthly Senior Perspective; and presents programs throughout the area on various history subjects, both fun and informative.

September 14-“From the Lab to the Lake: Research Advances in Minnesota’s Fight Against Aquatic Invasive Species”
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Nick and Meg will be presenting the latest news from the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research center, with particular focus on emerging science that better informs management of zebra mussels, Eurasian and hybrid watermilfoil, and curly leaf pondweed. They will also discuss how the Center’s unique structure and operations prioritizes the most critical AIS research needs and results in science that lake associations, agencies, and county government units can actually implement to improve their prevention and management efforts.

Phelps_headshotDr. Nick Phelps is the Director of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota. He studies emerging threats to aquatic systems at both the macro and microbial scales in the fields of fish health and aquatic invasive species (AIS), which lie at the intersection of animals, humans and the environment. His educational background includes a BS in Aquatic Biology from Bemidji State University, an MS in Aquaculture/Fisheries from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and a PhD in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota.

Duhr_headshotMeg Duhr is MAISRC’s Research Outreach Specialist where she works to translate research into action by serving as a bridge between MAISRC research and AIS managers, policymakers, and other stakeholders. Meg worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service for over ten years before joining the MAISRC team. Most recently, she served as the Integrated Pest Management Specialist for the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Eastern Washington where she coordinated invasive species control across eight Refuges and two military properties. She has a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Macalester College and a B.S. in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University.

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