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  • The Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance, LOWA, has scheduled a Landscape for a Healthy Lake Conference 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 5 in Suite G of Building D at Tan-Tar-A Family Resort in Osage Beach.
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  • The Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance, LOWA, has scheduled a Landscape for a Healthy Lake Conference 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 5 in Suite G of Building D at Tan-Tar-A Family Resort in Osage Beach.
    The general public, landscapers, lawn care professionals and rock workers are invited to come to the free conference and dinner and hear renowned experts speak on the newest and smartest landscape techniques that thrive in the rocky and steep Ozark terrain. Learn how to use rain gardens and beautiful deep-rooted Missouri native plants that require little maintenance or water to slow down rainwater runoff and reduce lake pollutants. Educators will also speak about using landscape techniques and rip rap to stop property and seawall erosion from the constant pounding Lake wave-action.
    Attendees will have the opportunity to register for LOWA's cost share landscaping program, "Green$ for Greenery.” In this program, you receive free soil samples, a free evaluation of your property by a Trained Volunteer Evaluator and free expert advice on the best landscapes for the property. You can also get up to $900 off on landscaping and rip rap as well as a free LOWA LILs Lake Protector Sign for their yard.
    Light refreshments will be available at the conference, and a light dinner will be provided. The RSVP deadline for dinner is March 3. For more information or to register for the free conference, call 573-280-2296 or email mjdoores@onemain.com. To read more about LOWA LILs go to www.soslowa.org.
    About the speaker The keynote speaker is Dave Tylka. Tylka is a semi-retired Professor of Biology at St. Louis Community College at Meramec, where he taught full-time for more than 20 years. He still teaches native landscaping, field zoology and Ozark ecology courses. In 2002, he wrote the Missouri Conservation Department book, "Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People." Dave has also written several popular pamphlets on backyard landscaping, bird feeding, and butterfly gardening. As a widely recognized educator, biologist, nature author, and photographer, he brings together a wealth of information on native species and ideas that can inspire any landscaper. Tylka was the first St. Louis Urban Biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, a position he held for 14 years. While with the MDC, he co-produced and hosted "All Outdoors" on Channel 11 in St. Louis.
    Conference subjects
    1. Using native plants and landscaping to beautify property, benefit wildlife and manage stormwater runoff.
    2. The Filtrexx Grow Soxx(r), a compost sock used to manage storm water, that is considered "gold in a grow sock" by scientists due to the nutrient rich dirt inside that helps plants to grow "anywhere," including a steep rocky Ozark hillside.
    3. The Rain Reserve(r) catchment devices that are used in capturing water, and why Lake property owners should care about "disconnecting downspouts"
    Page 2 of 2 - Panel of experts
    a. Ameren Missouri's Georganne Bowman on shoreline vegetation
    b. Schultz Surveying and Engineering's Mike DeLong on managing rain water run-off through engineering
    c. The University of Missouri Extension Office's Bob Broz on soil erosion
    d. Local landscaping experts on LOWA Low Impact Landscapes (LILs) and rip rap
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