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Fall Conference 2014

Managing Aquatic Invasive Plants:
Getting Your Feet Wet and Coming Out Ahead

Saturday, September 27, 2014
8:30 AM - 4 PM
Framingham State University

Fiske Pond Before PhotoFiske Pond After Photo

The above Fiske Pond (before and after) photos, are courtesy of the Department of Conservation and Recreation

Fall Conference was a great success!

What are those plants covering our rivers and streams and our lakes and ponds? How did they get here? What allows them to thrive? How can we manage and remove them, and what are the legal and permit requirements? Those questions and more were answered at MACC’s Fall Conference 2014.

Nine expert presentations led the conference participants on a path that started with identifying aquatic invasive plants and went on to explain the biological and physical processes of lakes, ponds, and rivers; management approaches for aquatic plants and how to weigh the options; permitting and implementation; and ended with case studies. Participants took home a wealth of information on how to manage invasive aquatic plants and the regulatory processes involved.

One of the participants wrote in the evaluation of the conference, “I liked the full immersion and depth of the topic.” Another wrote, “Great speakers. Never lost interest.”

Proceedings of the conference are free of charge to conference participants. The proceedings are available for purchase by others. Email for more information.

The agenda is available for downloading HERE.

Click HERE to see photos from the conference.


  • Eugene B. Benson, Executive Director, MACC
  • Albert Collings, President, Massachusetts Congress of Lake and Pond Associations; and President, Lake Wickaboag Preservation Association
  • Alison Field-Juma, Executive Director, OARS, for the Assabet, Concord, and Sudbury Rivers
  • Tom Flannery, Aquatic Ecologist, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation - Lakes and Ponds Program
  • Gregor I. McGregor, Esq., McGregor & Legere, P.C.; and MACC Director
  • Carl Nielsen, CLM, Vice President, ESS Group, Inc.
  • Christopher Picone, Ph.D., Biology Department, Fitchburg State University; and member Ashburnham Conservation Commission
  • Mark Stinson, Wetlands Circuit Rider, MA DEP Western Region
  • Kenneth J. Wagner, Ph.D., CLM, President, Water Resources Services, Inc.
  • Julie Wood, Director of Projects, Charles River Watershed Association


Foundation Sponsor
Funded in part by a grant from The Foundation for MetroWest

Facility Sponsor
Framingham State University, courtesy of Professor Margaret Carroll

Conquer Curly Pondweed Sponsor
Massachusetts Environmental Trust

MA DCR Service Forestry Program