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Blue-green algae issues to be discussed at Red Cedar River conference

February 27, 2012

Improving water quality in the Red Cedar River Watershed will be the focus of the inaugural Red Cedar: Land, Water and People Coming Together conference at UW-Stout. The daylong event begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Memorial Student Center.

Early registration ends Thursday, March 8.

The watershed covers 1,900 square miles in northwestern and west-central Wisconsin. Many waterways, such as Lake Menomin in Menomonie, have been significantly impacted by blue-green algae. “Because the watershed is so large, we have such a complex issue,” said Dick Lamers, conference co-chair and president of the Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association.

The event will include three keynote speakers and 14 breakout sessions. An example of one such session will feature Dave Blumer, a lake scientist with SEH of Rice Lake, reporting on his efforts using a DNR grant to work with farmers and landowners near and along Upper Turtle Lake and Lower Turtle Lake in Barron County.

For more information, call Professional Education Programs and Services at UW-Stout, 715-232-2793, or go to http://www.uwstout.edu/profed/redcedar/index.cfm. To see a related video, go to http://youtu.be/WRG7mXYG0kY.

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