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NCSU Hosts Aquatic Plants Workshop

July 31 @ 8:00 am - August 2 @ 5:00 pm


Workshop Overview

This is a two-day training workshop on aquatic plants in fresh-water ecosystems, especially impoundments such as ponds, lakes and stormwater basins. The workshop will be of value to Extension personnel, government agency staff in water quality or fresh water wildlife/game programs, farm and forest landowners, those who research pond/lake management, and construction/engineers with pond, lake and storm water responsibilities.

The workshop includes both indoor and outdoor sessions. Participants are advised to bring appropriate field attire including rubber knee-boots or waders, sun protection and insect repellent. NC Pesticide Certification Credits (Aquatic, Dealer, Regulatory, as well as Demonstration and Research categories) and Continuing Forestry Education credit applications are being reviewed. When approved, this website will be updated.

Participants will receive up to 100 pages of handouts and other literature. Daily coffee, water, break refreshments and lunches will be provided on both days of the workshop. An evening social/cookout will take place at the end of the first day. Participants are expected to pay for and make their own lodging arrangements.

*NC Cooperative Extension personnel visit the workshop details in the Extension Learning Management System website: XLMS.

Enrollment in the workshop is limited to 80.
The deadline for registration is Friday, July 27, 2018.

Tentative Agenda

Pre-Workshop Meet-up on Monday, July 30, 2018

For those who will be arriving in Raleigh on the day prior to the start of the workshop, July 30th, an evening social is being planned. The exact time and location are being arranged at this time. When registering for the workshop, you will see a question about attending this event which will help us determine which of the local establishments is right for the group.

Day 1 – Tuesday, July 31, 2018

8:30 AM Check In

9:00 AM Welcome and announcements

9:10 AM Introduction to aquatic plant biology and ecology. Ramon Leon, NC State University

9:50 AM General biology of algae, HAB. JoAnn Burkholder, NC State University

10:30 AM Refreshment Break

10:45 AM Game fish management in small impoundments (indoor talk followed by outdoor sampling). Jim Rice, NC State University

11:45 AM DEQ Aquatic Plant Program. Rob Emens, NC Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Resources

12:15 PM Lunch (Provided)

1:15 PM Pesticide labels and compliance. Carlton Layne, Acquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation

1:45 PM Stormwater BMP rules and regulations. Jeffrey Johnson, NC State University

2:15 PM Noxious Weed Regulations. Bridget Lassiter, NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

2:45 PM Refreshment Break

3:00 PM Demonstrations (rotate between stations)

  • Aquatic Plant and Algae ID. Erika Haug, NC State University
  • Aquatic Equipment. Bo Burns, Solitude Lake Management
  • UAVs. Andrew Howell, NC State University

4:30 PM Sponsor Updates

5:30 PM Social hour – Location TBD

Day 2 – Wednesday, August 1, 2018

8:00 AM Announcements

8:05 AM Physical and mechanical control techniques. TBA

8:30 AM Using triploid grass carp for Aquatic Plant Management. Jessica Baumann, NC State University

9:00 AM Aquatic pesticide fate and mode of action. Travis Gannon, NC State University

9:30 AM Aquatic pesticide toxicology. Greg Cope, NC State University

10:00 AM Refreshment Break

10:15 AM Herbicides for Aquatic Plant Management. Justin Nawrocki, UPI

10:55 AM Adjuvants for aquatic use. Rob Richardson, NC State University

11:15 AM Chemical control of algae. West Bishop, SEPRO

11:45 AM Aquatic Plant and Algae Survey Techniques. Steve Hoyle, NC State University

12:15 PM Lunch (Provided)

1:15 PM Topic TBD

1:45 PM Mosquito control. Joel Fruendt, Clarke

2:15 PM Pond construction, renovation, etc. Johnny Foster, Foster Lake & Pond Management

2:45 PM Refreshment Break

3:00 PM Native vegetation establishment in impoundments. Mark Fowlkes, NC Wildlife Resources Commission

3:30 PM Stormwater Ponds: Improving Aesthetics, Value, and Function. Barbara Doll, NCSU Sea Grant

4:00 PM Evaluation and adjourn

Workshop Location

The Aquatic Plants Workshop is being held at the Dix Hill Conference Center located at 3004 Mid Pines Road, Raleigh, NC 27606 in Wake County, NC (Latitude 35.7351528, Longitude -78.706394). The classroom and pavilion facility is located beside two reservoir ponds which will serve as our outdoor lab for the workshop. There is ample parking on site, but the facility is accessed by a well-maintained dirt/gravel road. Please note that the classroom is a two-story facility that does not have an elevator and is not ADA equipped.

Local Lodging Options

Participants are responsible for their own hotel arrangements which is not included in the registration fee. We recommend the following hotel accommodations due to their close proximity to NC State University. The Holiday Inn Express will be the hotel that is geographically closest to the workshop site and a discounted group rate or $114.99/night+tax is available until July 15, 2018 or while supplies last.  State of North Carolina or NC State University Cooperative Extension should always request the state government rate in case a lower rate is available (ID required at check-in).
In all cases, we suggest that you request an “NC State University rate” which may provided a discounted nightly rate when available.

Register to Attend

registerOnline registration will be available allowing for payment of the $145 registration fee using a major credit card in a secure server environment. Each registration must be accompanied by a unique email address which serves as your User Name in the registration system called REPORTER. You will be directed to create a password to complete the registration. The deadline for registration is Friday, July 27, 2018.

Note to NC Cooperative Extension Personnel*

Travel support is available for NC Cooperative Extension personnel. Please learn more and register for this event in the Extension Learning Management System, also known as XLMS.  Search for the workshop in the Focus area “Agriculture, Natural Resources NC State


July 31 @ 8:00 am
August 2 @ 5:00 pm


Kelley D. McCarter
Rob Richardson


Dix Hill Conference Center
3004 Mid Pines Road
Raleigh, NC 27606
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