APMS 2016 Conference Call for Papers

From: Midwest Aquatic Plant Management Society

Aquatic Plant Management Society Call for Papers

You are invited to submit a title and abstract for the 56th Annual Meeting of the Aquatic Plant Management Society to be held July 17-20, 2016, at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, MI. Both oral and poster presentations are solicited for original research on the biology or ecology of aquatic and wetland plants, control methods (biological, chemical, cultural, mechanical) for invasive, exotic or nuisance plant or alga species, and restoration projects involving wetland or aquatic plants and algae. Presentation of original research will be given preference, and should be indicated by including results in the abstract. This year’s meeting is in the region of the Midwest Aquatic Plant Management Society, so regional presenters are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract.

The Society also invites student abstracts for oral or poster presentations. This meeting presents an opportunity for students to network with key government, university and industry representatives, and peers with similar educational and professional interests. The society will provide all student presenters with room accommodations and complimentary registration. First, 2nd, and 3rd place prize money will be awarded in separate contests for both oral and poster presentations. In addition, all students are invited to attend a hands-on tour of local aquatic plant management sites immediately following the meeting and concluding Thursday, July 21. Students may contact the APMS Student Affairs Committee Chairs, Dr. Becca Haynie or Dr. Chris Mudge, with any questions at or

Oral presentations will be allotted a total of 15 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for questions and discussion. Contributed oral presentations should be scientific or technical in nature, which will be determined from the submitted abstract. An LCD projector/computer and laser pointer will be available for oral presentations. Only PC-based PowerPoint presentations will be accepted. All presenters will be required to upload their final PowerPoint presentation to the abstract submission portal prior to the meeting. Note: All presentations that include externally run programs; models or special animation, must be reviewed and approved by the Program Chair prior to the meeting. You will not be allowed to set up a personal computer for your presentation. A poster session will also be scheduled. Free-standing display boards (4’ x 4’) will be provided for posters.

Please go to the WSSA Title and Abstract Submission System at to submit your information online. Log in and click “Join a Conference” to access the 2016 APMS meeting. Click “Enter” then “My Titles and Abstracts” to submit your information. Please limit abstracts to 300 words. You will receive a confirmation email to indicate your title and abstract have been received and uploaded. This does not mean that your presentation is accepted for the conference. Acceptance of contributed papers will not occur until after the abstract deadline, and will be confirmed by a separate e-mail. The title and abstract submission system is now active and will remain open until April 29, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact the APMS Program Chair, Dr. John Madsen at

Posted on November 20, 2015 at 8:54 am

Wisconsin DNR to hold series of public meetings on starry stonewort

From: Midwest Aquatic Plant Management Society

By Southeast Region July 17, 2015
Contact(s): Carroll Schaal, DNR lakes and rivers section chief,, 608-261-6423; Jennifer Sereno, DNR communications, 608-770-8084,

DNR to hold series of public meetings on starry stonewort

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a series of public meetings in southeast Wisconsin to share information about starry stonewort and answer questions from area lake organizations and interested community members.

The first meeting will be held on July 29 with additional meetings to be scheduled around the region.

Starry stonewort, which arrived from Eurasia and was first discovered in the U.S. in the St. Lawrence River in 1978, has now been confirmed in Long Lake in Racine County and Silver Lake in Washington County as well as the previously reported findings in Little Muskego Lake, Big Muskego Lake and Bass Bay in Waukesha County, said Carroll Schaal, DNR lakes and rivers section chief. Starry stonewort, also found in Michigan, Indiana and the northeastern U.S., can form dense lakebed mats that crowd out native plants and eliminate habitat for juvenile fish.

The series of meetings will present information on the biology of starry stonewort, its current status and monitoring and management efforts. The audience will learn about actions that can help prevent the spread and what lake residents can do to help monitor and control it.

The first informational meeting will be held July 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the DNR Waukesha Service Center, 141 NW Barstow St., Room 151. Additional meetings will be announced at a later date. To learn more about starry stonewort, visit, and search for “aquatic invasive species.”

Plans being discussed to try to stamp out AVM

From: The Augusta Chronicle

By: Rob Pavey

November 23, 2013

Helicopters droned above Thurmond Lake last week as scientists tried to determine how many bald eagles have arrived at the reservoir so far this fall.

By day’s end, the airborne teams had counted 18 eagles – two adults and 16 immature birds, said Army Corps of Engineers biologist Ken Boyd.

The numbers may seem encouraging, but odds are strong that many of those birds will die before warm weather returns next spring.

The silent, mysterious killer is a tiny algae bloom linked to hydrilla, an invasive aquatic weed that showed up at the lake in 1995.

Despite costly herbicide treatments, the initial 55-acre patch has expanded to 7,300 acres today along 400 miles of shoreline.

Its spread has created a cycle of death – known as avian vacuolar myelinopathy, or AVM – that is as sinister as a science fiction movie.

Hydrilla is a favored food for coots, which are eaten by bald eagles. The algae-born AVM creates lesions inside the brain that cause fatigue, disorientation and death.

The condition has also been confirmed in owls, Canada geese and ducks, which is why wildlife authorities want to prevent AVM from spreading to other lakes and rivers.

To date, 76 dead eagles have been recovered from Thurmond Lake, which is one of 17 waterways across the Southeast where AVM has emerged.

One possible solution is the use of grass carp that would reduce hydrilla. Such a step, however, is both costly and controversial, since it would add a large new species to the lake.

Scott Hyatt, Thurmond Lake’s project manager, cited a recent survey by the University of Georgia in which stakeholders in the region were supportive of stocking the carp. Such an action, he added, will require a formal environmental assessment for which fiscal 2014 funding has been requested, but not yet approved.

Even in a best-case scenario, it could take years before any results could be expected.

“Assuming that sterile grass carp is the corps’ preferred action, and assuming there’s money to move through the process, my rough estimate is 18 months to 2 years,” Hyatt said.

CORPS MONEY WOES: Speaking of corps budgets, there was more sobering news out of the Savannah District Office last week that includes more cuts and park closures along the Savannah River.

“We selected recreation areas for full or partial closures based on an analysis of our recreation program, which included visitation numbers, costs to operate and maintain parks, and the location of similar facilities,” the corps said in a statement.

Thurmond Lake will close four campgrounds: Raysville, Broad River, Clay Hill and Hesters Ferry.

Partial closures are also planned at Lake Springs Day Use Area, where three of six loops will be closed.

Mount Carmel Campground will close, leaving its boat ramp open, officials said, and Gill Point Day Use Area will close, also leaving its boat ramp open.

COLD WEATHER RABIES: The Columbia County Health Department warned Thursday that yet another raccoon has tested positive for rabies. The raccoon had come in contact with a dog near Thoroughbred Way and Lewiston Road in Grovetown – and the dog killed the raccoon.

Fortunately, the dog was current on its rabies vaccinations and did not have to be euthanized, said Pam Tucker, the county’s emergency and operations division director.

Illinois ban on invasive aquatic plants includes Hydrilla-aquatic superweed

From: Chicago Tribune Local, Winnetka and Northfield with News from Glencoe

By: Cathy Mcglynn, Community Contributor

November 19, 2013

Chicago Region, IL The Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently banned the sale of 27 new aquatic plants. The plants were added to its Injurious Species List (Administrative Rule 805), which also made it illegal to gift, barter, exchange, loan, or transport the plants without a permit. Plants on this list include flowering rush (Butomus umbellatus), Brazilian elodea (Egeria densa), yellow flag iris (Iris pseudacorus), and Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum).

Plant species were chosen based on the results of a risk assessment tool developed in Indiana by the Aquatic Plant Working Group. The tool evaluates species based on factors like ability to thrive in the Great Lakes and difficulty to control. At the request of Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG: organized and facilitated the group, which included representatives from the aquatic plant industry, aquarium and water garden hobbyists, state agencies, academia, and non-governmental organizations. Their efforts led to a rule approved last year that bans the sale of 28 invasive aquatic plants in Indiana.

“It is important to have consistent regulations across the Great Lakes Basin. We want our policies to be consistent with our neighbors since invasive species don’t respect political boundaries,” said Kevin Irons, aquaculture and aquatic nuisance species program manager for Illinois DNR. “Prevention is the first and cheapest way to protect Illinois from aquatic invasive plants, and risk assessment tools like the one built in Indiana allow us to identify and control high risk species without unduly regulating the industry.”

One of the most high risk species on both lists is the aquatic superweed Hydrilla verticillata. Hydrilla has not yet arrived in Illinois, but has already been found in Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Tennessee ( At one time Hydrilla invasions in the northern U.S. were considered unlikely because of colder temperatures, but a new biotype has been invading and overwintering in several northern states. Once this plant becomes established it is very difficult and expensive to eradicate because it produces tubers that can remain in lake bottoms and riverbeds for up to ten years and still be able to grow into plants. In addition, the plant itself fragments easily and these pieces are easily transported on recreational water vehicles and can grow into new plants. Unfortunately, several recent infestations are associated with tainted plant material for aquatic gardens.

Early detection/rapid response is the second most effective method for dealing with invasive species. When an invader is reported before it has a chance to spread it can be easily and cheaply controlled and both the economic and ecological impacts are considerably reduced. To this end, Illinois DNR has worked with the Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership (, Chicago Botanic Garden (, and the Lake County Health Department ( to create an Illinois Hydrilla Task Force which has a website ( that provides information about how to identify this plant and where to report a potential sighting (

The Injurious Species List and the Illinois Hydrilla Task Force are just two components of Illinois DNR’s efforts to control the spread of invasive species. Earlier this year, Illinois DNR and Illinois Indiana Sea Grant launched “Be a Hero—Transport Zero,” a state-wide program that gives boaters, anglers, and beach goers the information they need to help stop aquatic invaders ( The state also spearheads efforts to detect new infestations and manage established species.

Asian Carp DNA Found In Lake Michigan As Experts Warn Of Threat To Ecosystem

From: Huffinton Post

By: Associated Press | By JOHN FLESHER

November 5, 2013

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A water sample from Lake Michigan's Sturgeon Bay in Wisconsin has tested positive for DNA from invasive Asian carp, although it's unknown whether the genetic material came from a live fish, scientists said Tuesday.

It's the second positive DNA hit for the feared carp detected in Lake Michigan in recent years, as experts work to determine how far the voracious fish have advanced toward the Great Lakes. A water sample taken in 2010 from the lake's Calumet Harbor also yielded a positive result.

Four types of Asian carp imported decades ago have escaped into the wild and migrated northward in the Mississippi River and many of its tributaries. Of particular concern are bighead and silver carp, which gobble huge amounts of plankton — microscopic plants and animals that are essential for aquatic food chains. Scientists fear if they reach the Great Lakes, they could out-compete native species and threaten a fishing industry valued at $7 billion.

An electric barrier in a shipping canal 37 miles from Chicago is meant to block their path toward Lake Michigan. Just one live Asian carp has been found beyond that point, although numerous DNA samples have turned up past the barrier and in Lake Erie.

Scientists say fish DNA is found in mucus, scales and bodily wastes they discharge. But some say there could be other sources, such as droppings of birds that have eaten the fish, so it isn't certain that the Sturgeon Bay discovery signals the presence of live Asian carp, much less a breeding population.

"It's hard to know what to make of it," said Mike Staggs, director of fisheries management with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The samples were collected and analyzed by researchers with the University of Notre Dame, Central Michigan University and The Nature Conservancy as part of a broader Great Lakes fish survey. Fifty samples were taken from Sturgeon Bay in May, but the finding that one carried silver carp DNA was confirmed only last week.

The Wisconsin DNR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will take more samples from the area in hopes of determining whether the positive hit was a fluke or something worse.

"One sample is a smoke detector," said Chris Jerde, a Notre Dame biologist. "A couple of more samples is a fire."

It's too early to be alarmed, but the finding is "an interesting development that we need to research further," said Brian Elkington, a deputy supervisor with the Fish and Wildlife Service regional office in Minneapolis.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, said the result underscores the need for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expedite proposals for permanently shielding the Great Lakes from Asian carp. The Corps is wrapping up a report scheduled for release early next year.

"These fish could destroy the Great Lakes ecosystem, as well as boating and fishing industries and hundreds of thousands of jobs," Stabenow said.

Wisconsin DNR says invasive mud snail has been found in Dane County

From: StarTribune | local

By: Associated Press

November 3, 2013

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says scientists have confirmed the invasive New Zealand mud snail has turned up in Dane County. The DNR says the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse confirmed last month the snail was present in a sample agency biologists took from Black Earth Creek last year during routine monitoring for aquatic invasive species. The find marks the first time the creature has been discovered in an inland Midwestern stream. The snail is the size of a grain of sand and has a black and brown shell. They out-compete native insects that serve as food for fish and other aquatic life. The snails have previously been found in the western states and in the Great Lakes.


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