Following the Thanksgiving break, members of the Wisconsin Marine Association held their annual fall conference in Rothschild, WI., just south of Wausau. There were approximately 80 people in attendance, representing marine dealers, and marina operators from around the State. The meeting consisted of expert presentations on several topics that have a direct impact on those in the boating industry and boaters who enjoy their time on area waters. Topics included: limiting the spread of invasive species, dealing with extreme water levels, disaster preparedness, training and workforce development, and a workshop on the Wisconsin Clean Marina Association. According to Michelle Schrider, Association president “Our area marinas are the contact point between many boaters and the resources we want to protect for the next generations of boating enthusiasts.” The Association goal has always been to provide great access to quality boating and to keep boating safe. They see the need to be an educational resource to boaters as well. She announced that a $200,000 grant had recently been received to establish a sustainable model for their clean marina program. Marinas on Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, the St. Croix, and Mississippi rivers all had delegates in attendance.