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WATERLINE - September, 2018

Act now to attend the 2018 joint OLA/WALPA Conference in Portland Sept 26-28!

Now is the time to register and book your room for this year’s lakes conference, Pacific Northwest Lakes in a Changing World, presented jointly with the Oregon Lakes Association (OLA)! Join us for workshops, presentations, a field trip, auction and raffle fun, awards, and mingling with friends and colleagues at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Portland.

Conference proceedings will kick off Wednesday, September 26th with a series of afternoon workshops on Aquatic PlantsCyanobacteria Identification, and Water Resources Modeling. Please contact Rachael Gravon (Rachael.gravon@kingcounty.gov) to sign up for these workshops, which will be held at Portland State University.

Thursday will start with a plenary presentation by Dr. Daniel Schindler from the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington, followed by presentations through mid-day Friday. Topics will include harmful algal blooms; mountain, dryland, and urban lakes; aquatic plants; toxics like lead and mercury; impacts of climate change on lakes; invasive species; and community involvement.

Proceedings will also include a discussion of harmful algal bloom science and management led by a group of experts from Oregon and Washington. Conference activities will conclude with an optional boat tour of Ross Island Lagoon on Friday afternoon.

Don’t miss out! Here is your conference “to do” list:

  • Register to attend the conference here: https://www.oregonlakes.org/event-2820605
  • Book your rooms now at the DoubleTree in Portland by calling 503-281-6111 or visit http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/oregon/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-portland-RLLC-DT/index.html. Mention the OLA/WALPA conference to see if discounted rates still apply.
  • Sign up to attend Wednesday’s workshops – email Rachael.gravon@kingcounty.gov
  • Donate to the raffle and auction!
    • Donate cash or items to the raffle and auction held at the conference to support our annual scholarships. These scholarships offer undergraduate and graduate students funds for their research as well as travel to the annual conference to network and share their findings. To contribute to the raffle and auction, or with other general questions about the conference, please contact WALPA President Rachael Gravon (Rachael.gravon@kingcounty.gov ) or Past-President Jim Gawel (jimgawel@uw.edu).
    • Recognize a lakes superhero with a Secchi Award nomination!
      • Each year at the conference we recognize an individual or individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the practice of lake management, research, and/or protection by bestowing the Secchi Disk Award. Give your limnological superhero a chance to shine and receive the gratitude of the WALPA community!
      • To submit your nomination, please provide:
        • Your name, mailing address, telephone number, and email.
        • Full name of the nominee, present position, organization or affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email.
        • A 200-500 word description of the nominee’s work and accomplishments.

Submit nominations via email by September 15 to rachael.gravon@kingcounty.gov.



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