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NCSU Hosts Aquatic Plants Workshop

July 31 @ 8:00 am - August 1 @ 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 (subject to change without notice)

Monday, July 30, 2018

Plans for a pre-workshop activity have been cancelled in favor of the social at the end of the day on Tuesday, July 31st.

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 Noxious Weed Regulations. Bridget Lassiter, NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

2:15 PM Aquatic Plant and Algae Survey Techniques. Steve Hoyle, NC State University

2:45 PM Refreshment Break

3:00 PM Demonstrations (rotate between stations)

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

4:30 PM Industry Updates

5:30 PM Social hour(s) at Sammy’s Tap & Grill, 2235 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh, NC 27606. Sammy’s is located only a few miles from the workshop facility. Directions from the workshop, CLICK HERE. Sammy’s is a great place for casual pub grub and fun. This is a “Dutch Treat” event.

Day 2 – Wednesday, August 1, 2018

8:00 AM Announcements

8:05 AM Physical and mechanical control techniques. Erika Haug, NC State University

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 Adjuvants for aquatic use. Rob Richardson, NC State University

10:00 AM Refreshment Break

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

11:00 AM Algae Control and Management. West Bishop, SEPRO

11:45 AM Aquatic Pesticide Toxicology. Sean Buczek, NC State University

12:15 PM Lunch (Provided)

1:15 PM Pond construction, renovation, etc. Johnny Foster, Foster Lake & Pond Management

1:45 PM Mosquito control. Jeff Hottenstein, Clarke

2:15 PM Stormwater BMP rules and regulations. Jeffery Johnson, NC State University

2:45 PM Refreshment Break

3:00 PM Stormwater Ponds: Improving Aesthetics, Value, and Function. Jeffery Johnson, NC State University

3:30 PM Native vegetation establishment in impoundments. Mark Fowlkes, NC Wildlife Resources Commission

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

Online registration for this event is now closed. Anyone wishing to register at the door may do so starting a 7:30AM on Tuesday, July 31st. The registration price is $145 and can be paid at the door with a check payable to NCSU. On site registrants may not have flexibility for lunch menu dietary restrictions.

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 1 @ 5:00 pm


Kelley D. McCarter
Rob Richardson


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