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Otter Tail lake coalition kick-off meeting April 24 features lake ecology meeting

The Otter Tail County Coalition of Lake Associa-tions (COLA) is holding an important kick-off meeting Saturday, April 24 at 9 am, at Thumper Pond Golf Course and Resort in Otter-tail.

Otter Tail COLA assists in fostering the wise use of the lake and stream areas in many ways. Volunteers are being sought for projects related to maintaining and improving the quality of the water in Otter Tail County. Opportunities match almost everyone's time availability and talents.

Jason Vinje will be the guest speaker following the business meeting. Vinje is the surface water project man-ager at RMB Environmental Laboratories in Detroit Lakes.

He will present a basic primer on limnology, the scientific study of lakes, along with an explanation of the sampling protocols for the volunteers who will be collecting lake samples for testing in the upcoming months.

He will also give an over-view of how to interpret the data results from lake water testing. Vinje has a master's degree in zoology with an emphasis in fisheries from NDSU. He worked with the MN DNR for three years and has been with RMB for one year.