At AAM we love what we do, and we are committed to doing it with excellence. This means being diligent about staying up to date on the latest industry innovations, regulations, and best practices.
This year Applied Aquatic Management’s 9 managers and 56 certified aquatic applicators traveled to beautiful Daytona Beach, FL and attended the 38th Annual FAPMS Training Conference to serve the organization and provide important ongoing education for our already highly-skilled and experienced team.
For those who aren’t familiar, Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society (FAPMS) was formed in 1976 and provides a forum for those interested in aquatic plant management to meet, discuss and exchange ideas and information. The Society’s mission is “To Preserve Florida’s Aquatic Heritage.”
AAM believes in FAPMS’ mission and has a long history of service to the organization. In addition to our 36 year membership, past FAPMS presidents include my late father and founder of AAM, Paul Myers (1984), myself (2003) and AAM manager Jerry Renney (2012). My father, Paul, and mother, Linda, were both editors of Aquatics magazine, the society’s publication, and Jerry and I have served on the Board of Directors. Currently my wife and AAM CFO, Jennifer Myers, serves as FAPMS Treasurer and AAM Manager, Keith Mangus, serves on the Board of Directors.
Past FAPMS conferences have been exceptional, boasting talented speakers, interesting topics, and fun networking activities in between. This year’s conference, including 39 speakers, 41 presentations, 9 sessions, and even a “duck racing” event, was no exception to the rule. Below I have highlighted the sessions and presentations our team of 65 attended.
Keynote and Updates (FDACS 18198)
- The Past, Present & Future of Aquatic Plant Management
- Update of the FFWCC Upland Exotic Invasive Plant Management Program
- 2014 Update on the Invasive Plant Management Association (IPMA)
CORE Training (FDACS 18199)
- Invasive Species in the “Heart” of the Everglades Restoration
- Safety Challenges in Aquatic Applications
- Pesticide Safety and Spill Control
Aquatic Plant Manager Presentations (FDACS 18200)
- Field Trials with New Herbicides
- Use of Lower Label Concentrations of Tradewind Herbicide for Control of Suspected Fluridone Resistant Hydrilla
- Muck Reduction Possibilities in an Urban Stormwater Treatment Area (STA)
- The Fate of Oxygen in Relation to Aquatic Treatments
FLEPPC – Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FDACS 18201)
- 2014 Update on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC)
- Submerged and Emergent Aquatic Vegetation Management in the Everglades Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs)
- Discovery of Exotic Phragmites in Florida
- Current Biocontrol Agents & New Successes
FLEPPC (FDACS 18202)
- Long-Term Changes in Distribution and Abundance of Four Priority Invasive Species in the Florida Everglades
- Chinese Tallow Control: Research from the Northern Front Line
- Herbicides for Control of Cogongrass, Salt-bush, Wax Myrtle and Air Potato – Trycera Evaluation
- Ex-Lox Returns
AQUATIC HERBICIDES (FDACS 18203)
- Aquatic Herbicides Modes of Action
- Aquatic Herbicides and Herbicide Resistance
- How Herbicides Work in the Aquatic Environment
- Water: The Smallest Factor That Makes the Greatest Difference
AQUATIC WEEDS (FDACS 18204)
- Evaluation of Aquatic Herbicides for Control of Rotala (Rotala rotundifolia)
- Hydrilla Management in Lake Elbert, Winter Haven Florida – A Model for Whole-Lake Treatment Assessments
- Can Herbicide Usage be Reduced by Practicing IPM for Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) Control?
- IPM in Aquatic Systems
MANAGEMENT & RESEARCH (FDACS 18205)
- Performance Based Contracting: A Win-Win Solution
- Water Quality and Lake Health: The Role of Proactive Management
- Using Responsible Wetland Access Solutions for Aquatic Plant Management – A Case Study: Bear Creek Marsh
- Technical Development of New Aquatic Herbicide Uses in Florida
PRODUCT UPDATES (FDACS 18206)
- UPI Products Update
- New Adjuvants and Herbicides from Helena Chemical
- Syngenta Label Updates
- Activated Peroxygen: An Essential Tool for NPDES Guidelines, Treatment of Cyanobacteria, and Associated Toxins
This year, the AAM team walked away from the conference having formed new relationships, strengthened existing ones, and being altogether better equipped to provide the best aquatic management service to AAM’s clients.
Whether it be algae and aquatic weed control for golf courses, management companies, and residential lakes, ponds and waterways, OR exotic plant control, wetland, or right of way management for government contracts and industry—AAM is the company you can rely on to deliver on its promise of service excellence.