River-saver training classes planned

The Ozaukee Washington County Land Trust is partnering with the Glacial Lakes Conservancy and Sheboygan County’s Maywood Environmental Park to host a classroom training and field monitoring practice workshop on the Pigeon River, to teach citizens how to monitor for invasive species in rivers.

Paddlers, fisherman, water quality monitors, shoreline owners, and river enthusiasts are encouraged to attend.

The River Alliance of Wisconsin’s Project RED (riverine early detectors) is a monitoring program that trains citizens to identify and report invasive species within river corridors and lakes statewide. During the free training, the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust and River Alliance will teach you to monitor your river on foot for species of concern.

They will help you choose locations and a monitoring schedule that are convenient to you and your volunteers.

You will also be provided with online data management tools available from the Wisconsin DNR that help you report your findings.

The protocols are easy and fun. In addition, you can use this activity to become more familiar with your river or stream and to engage your friends and neighbors!

Species of concern include purple loosestrife, Japanese knotweed, Japanese hops, phragmites, flowering rush, hydrilla, curly-leaf pondweed, Eurasian water milfoil, yellow floating heart, Brazilian waterweed, didymo, zebra mussel, quagga mussel, New Zealand mudsnail, faucet snails, and Louisiana red swamp crayfish..

This Project Red workshop is sponsored by The Ozaukee Washington County Land Trust, the Glacial Lakes Conservancy, and Maywood Environmental Park, and partially funded through a grant from the US EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration

Initiative.

What: Aquatic Invasive Species, Project RED Workshop

When: Saturday, June 6th, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (A field activity on the Pigeon River will be held from 11:00 – 2:00). Lunch will be provided!

Where: The workshop will be held at the Maywood Environmental Park, located at 3615 Mueller Road, Sheboygan, WI 53083

What to Bring: Field clothes, waders, or boots for monitoring.

To reserve your space, please contact Becky Wadleigh at bwadleigh@owlt.org, or call the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust at 262-338- 1794


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