Toni Pennington is the program chair for the annual meeting of the Oregon Lakes Association in Bend Oregon. With a diverse array of nearby lakes and reservoirs, Bend is an ideal location to learn about, and appreciate, our still waters while enjoying world-renowned distilleries, breweries, and restaurants.
Oral and poster presentations that kick off mid-day on Friday, October 25th and end mid-day on Saturday the 26th will cover a broad range of topics such as harmful algae blooms, water quality, lake and watershed restoration, aquatic invasive species, nutrient cycling, climate change, hydrology, and fauna and flora. Although high desert and mountain lakes are the focus of the conference, other types of lakes and reservoirs will also be covered. Friday’s activities will include an evening “Science on Tap” presentation at a local brewery (location TBD) on Deschutes Basin water management by Jason Gritzer, Hydrologist, US Forest Service and Jen O’Reilly, Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service. The conference will conclude on Saturday afternoon with an optional field trip to three of the beautiful local mountain lakes to discuss geology, hydrology, and biology. Field trip leaders will include Dr. Daniele McKay, geologist, University of Oregon, Kyle Wright, hydrologist, US Forest Service, and Thomas Walker, fish biologist, US Forest Service. If you have questions about conference sponsorship, presentation topics, or anything else, please contact, Toni Pennington at TPennington@esassoc.com.