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March 15, 2011

STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- The 2011 Wisconsin Lakes Convention -- Speaking for Lakes -- will be held on April 12 through 14 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. Organizers say participants at the convention will see and hear how the collaboration of the arts and science can speak for Wisconsin's Lakes.

Topics at the convention include the "State of Wisconsin Lakes," methods to control and even eradicate aquatic invasive species from lakes, statewide volunteer efforts that provide valuable water quality data, and stewardship efforts and success stories from around the state.

Eric Eckl, founder of Water Words that Work, will be the guest speaker at the opening plenary session on Tuesday afternoon and he will also present an in-depth workshop earlier that morning. Eckl has more than 15 years experience planning and carrying out issue advocacy, fundraising, and behavior change campaigns. He'll share ideas and methods to professionalize and modernize communications on water conservation.

Other speakers include Terry Daulton, an artist, educator and biologist, John Bates, a poet and naturalist/writer, and other scientists who will share their work blending the arts and science to explore and illustrate future scenarios for research lakes in northern Wisconsin. Participants will also get an underwater perspective of lake life in Wisconsin from Eric Engbretson, who is known for his exceptional underwater fish photography.

In all, the convention will offer more than 75 speakers sharing a mix of lake stories, research ideas, and management tools, and more than 15 workshops on topics ranging from capacity building of lake groups, to aquatic plants and invasive species, to shoreland property management.

Tuesday evening will offer one of the premiere showings of a recently completed Aldo Leopold documentary, Green Fire. Wednesday evening will feature the Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Awards and banquet ceremony that celebrates Wisconsin's Lake Stewards, recognizing the extraordinary volunteer and professional efforts of lake enthusiasts who are nominated by their peers.

People can register for the 33rd annual Wisconsin Lakes Convention through the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point website (exit DNR), either with an online registration to pay with a credit card over a secure site, or by printing a registration form that you can be sent in via mail.

Since its genesis in the early 1970s, the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership has become a national model of a true partnership. Three groups form the core of this unique team: the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources-provides technical and financial assistance and regulatory authority; the University of Wisconsin-Extension Lakes-designs and delivers educational materials and community outreach; and Wisconsin Lakes-advocates for local lake people and organizations at the state level.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Wisconsin Lakes Partnership - (715)-346-2116

Last Revised: Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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