Do you want the latest information on non-native aquatic invasive species, how they might be affecting your lake and sport fish or about watercraft transporting veligers?

The Whitefish Area Property Owners Association will host the fifth annual AIS Roundtable program from 8:45 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 4, at the Ideal Community Center. WAPOA wants to kick off the season at the lake with this educational and informational program.

The coffee will be ready by 8 a.m. along with treats and time for meeting and greeting other attendees. The program will commence at 8:45 a.m.

WAPOA invites members, area lake association members, local government officials, neighbors, students and all interested people to attend this free event.

A program will feature Nick Phelps, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota and director of the Minnesota AIS Research Center, who will provide an annual report on AIS research accomplishments and plans.

MAISRC research is the long-term key to controlling and preventing non-native AIS in lakes. Phelps will also report on the initial research started two years ago on the impacts of zebra mussels and spiny water fleas on walleye and sport fish.

Wesley Glisson, senior researcher at MAISRC, will provide information about starry stonewort and hybrid milfoil, newer AIS plant species found in Hubbard, Stearns and Beltrami counties. Lake Koronis' experience with the impacts of starry stonewort has had publicity in recent years. Glisson will address the research in the Dr. Dan Larkin Lab at MAISRC on these aquatic plant matters.

Adam Doll, the Department of Natural Resources watercraft inspection coordinator, will present his recently completed master's degree thesis on the effect of residual water in watercraft for transporting zebra mussel veligers and new initiatives with the boating industry on watercraft design.

Other program items include a report on watercraft inspection program and plans, Crow Wing County AIS Plan, Starry Trek, AIS Detector or AIS Tracker programs and important volunteer opportunities with MAISRC and DNR.

For more than 50 years, WAPOA has served an important mission of strong advocacy for actions to sustain and improve quality surface and ground water in the Whitefish area and the Pine River Watershed.

Anyone interested in non-native AIS plans, impacts of AIS on walleyes or learning more about starry stonewort and hybrid milfoil should attend this event.

For more information, contact Joe Brodil, WAPOA AIS director, at jmbrodil@live.com; or Tom Watson, WAPOA past president, at twatson@iphouse.com.