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Evening with the Watershed

Begins: Dec 2nd, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Ends: Dec 2nd, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Venue: American Legion
Location: 290 Lake Dr E | Chanhassen

The Board of Managers will be holding their regular meeting at 6 pm, at the American Legion, before the Evening with the Watershed.

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Evening with the Watershed

8x11flyer-01.jpgThe Evening with the Watershed is a semiannual event hosted by the Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District.

Do you live, work, or play in the district? You are invited to a free evening of talks, refreshments, and fellowship. Come learn what has been happening in and around the district, and how you can become involved. Appetizers provided.


  • 7 pm - News from the Watershed, Claire Bleser
  • 7:10 - Pollinator Initiative, Dan Shaw
  • 7:30 - Purgatory Creek Carp Management, Przemek Bajer
  • 7:50 - AIS in Christmas Lake, Eric Fieldseth
  • 8:10 - Socialization

Speaker Bios

Dan Shaw
Dan Shaw is a Vegetation Specialist and Landscape Ecologist with the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. His work focuses on conservation, restoration, landscape resiliency and invasive species control programs. Previously he has worked for private consulting and restoration firms, and non-profit organizations. He has also taught as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota for the past fourteen years where he teaches classes on Minnesota flora and restoration practices.

Przemek Bajer
Dr Bajer is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota, specializing in sustainable control solutions for invasive fish, specifically the common carp. By documenting various aspects of common carp's life history, behavior and ecology, he demonstrated that carp populations in most Minnesota lakes are controlled by native fishes, such as the bluegill sunfish, and that winterkill-prone marshes (which lake bluegills) are sources of young carp within larger chains of lakes. He also played an instrumental role in showing how adult carp can be selectively removed from lakes by localizing and targeting their under-ice aggregations. He is currently applying his findings to demonstrate successful carp management strategies in selected chains of lakes in southern Minnesota.

Eric Fieldseth
Eric Fieldseth is the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Specialist for the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD). He started with the MCWD in April 2012, and acts as the technical expert on AIS at the District. He is responsible for leading ongoing applied research studies on AIS, as well as prevention measures and early detection monitoring. Prior to his service with the MCWD, Eric had 6 years of experience working with aquatic invasive species management and water resources. Eric earned his BS degree in Aquatic Biology at Saint Cloud State University.

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