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WCSU to host two virtual events in 2023 Regional Lake Communities Symposium series

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DANBURY, Connecticut — In continuation of the series that began in 2019, the Western Connecticut State University Department of Biology, in collaboration with the Connecticut Federation of Lakes and Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, will host two virtual 2023 Regional Lake Communities Symposia: “The Status of Aquatic Plants in Lakes” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6, and “Managing Water Quality in Lakes” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4. To register, visit www.wcsu.edu/biology/lake-symposium-2023/.

The Nov. 6 discussion will focus on “The Status of Aquatic Plants in Lakes with Sterile Grass Carp,” and will be moderated by Larry Marsicano, Brawley Consulting Group LLC and WCSU Limnology Instructor. Also speaking will be Joe Cassone, Fisheries Biologist, CT DEEP, who will provide “Connecticut DEEP Update on Candlewood Lake Grass Carp and Aquatic Vegetation Management Efforts” and Neil Stalter, Director of Ecology, Candlewood Lake Authority, who will provide an update on “The Ecology Behind Candlewood Lake’s Rapid Plant Loss.” Finally, WCSU Professor of Biology Dr. Theodora Pinou will offer “Insights into Sterile Grass Carp Behavior.” A question-and-answer session will follow.

On Dec. 4, the topic will be “Managing Water Quality in Lakes.” Marsicano will be joined by William Henley, Sr. Aquatic Resource Scientist, South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, who will discuss “Remote Turbidity Monitoring & Selective Diversion for Improvement of a Drinking Water Lake,” and Connie Trolle, President of the Bantam Lake Protective Association, for “A Conversation about Wakeboards and Shoreline Management.” A question-and-answer session will follow, along with a Symposium Summary and discussion about “Where do we go from here?”

The symposia are free and the public is invited to join in via WebEx. Registration is required at www.wcsu.edu/biology/lake-symposium-2023/. A custom link will be sent via email to pre-registrants on the day of the event.

For more information, contact Dr. Theodora Pinou at pinout@wcsu.edu or WCSU Communications and Marketing at pr@wcsu.edu.


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