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Annual Conference

2016 WALPA 29th Annual Conference

Oct 5-7 in Bellingham, WA

Lakes – Reflections of Change

Conference Program Now Available!

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WALPA heads north to Bellingham this year to host its 29th annual conference at the Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center.  This year’s theme is “Lakes – Reflections of Change”.  We invite you to join fellow lake lovers to share the latest in lake research  and science and lake management during talk and poster sessions.

Conference Registration is still open!!!

To submit your abstract, CLICK HERE.

Session topics:
  • LAKE MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT
  • PROBLEM BACTERIA AND INVASIVE SPECIES
  • NEXT GENERATION OF LIMNOLOGY
  • LAKES: COMING UP WITH SOLUTIONS
  • LAKE WHATCOM: BIG LAKE, TOUGH ISSUES

4Points Bellingham

Workshops (Wednesday Afternoon, 12:30p – 5:00p)

Macroinvertebrate Identification (2 hours)
This workshop will be a hands-on exercise designed to help participants learn how to identify the different orders of aquatic insects.  Participants will work with preserved specimens to identify the distinguishing characteristics of each order.  Participants will then have an opportunity to test their newly-acquired skills in identifying a set of mystery specimens.

Cyanobacteria Identification (2 hours)
A brief presentation on how to identify toxic and nontoxic cyanobacteria, followed by a hands-on session with microscopes and expert instruction. Live and preserved samples will be provided, along with a simple, nontechnical key to local cyanobacteria. Feel free to bring samples from your lake.

*We will be updating this as we solidify details.

Fieldtrip (Friday, Half-day, (timing TBD))

Lake Whatcom

The details for this event are still being solidified, here are some of the topics we are looking into.
– Invasive Species Management
– Invasive Inspection Station
– Stormwater Management/Mitigation

Local managers, researchers, and regional experts will be on hand sharing some extremely interesting stuff that has been done, as well as future plans!

*We will be updating this as we solidify details.

Conference T-Shirt (available for order when registering)

Conference T-Shirt Design

Book your room now!!!

You can book your room now at the Four Points by Sheraton for the excellent rate of $89/night (plus tax) for single and double occupancy rooms. Book online (CLICK HERE; be sure to use this link for the special rate) or call their reservations line at 360-671-1011 and ask for the conference rate for WALPA.

Want to Be a 2016 Conference Sponsor?!!!

Register here and select your sponsorship level:

Bronze ($350):

Company logo with link to registration and conference webpage, company name and logo printed in conference program, reserved conference location for company and vendor 10’x10’ display space.

Silver ($650):

Bronze level benefits plus story page advertising space in four editions of WALPA’s quarterly newsletter “Waterline” with distribution to 350 individuals and lake associations, reserved company banner display space near main podium, and conference registration fee waived for one participant.

Gold ($1,000):

Premium sponsor package includes Silver level benefits plus premier main page ad space in four editions of WALPA’s quarterly newsletter “Waterline” with distribution to 350 individuals and lake associations, inclusion of company bio in one “Waterline” edition and inclusion of company promotional items in the conference registration packet.

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