This new and improved online edition of our popular Your Lake & You! booklet (an updated version of the 8-page newspaper) helps you explain to homeowners the steps they can take to protect the lakes they love and live on. This wonderful resource is loaded with basic lake information, strategies for taking better care of lakes, and descriptions of resource publications.
If you would like to order print copies of Your Lake & You!, please visit eprintinc.com. While the online edition is available at no cost, print copies are charged by quantity, with a shipping and handling fee.
Investigating Lake Ecology at Independence Oaks County Parks
With more than 1,400, Oakland County has more inland lakes than any other county in Michigan. Each lake has unique ecological properties which people influence by their activities on the land and in the water. In this hands-on workshop, participants will investigate lakes, common aquatic vegetation and their role in keeping lakes healthy, aquatic invasive species that threaten lakes, the effects of seasonal changes on lakes, as well as the physical, chemical and biological properties of the water. Participants will have the opportunity to explore Independence Oaks County Park’s Crooked Lake via pontoon boat. Activities will also take place inside the Wint Nature Center, inside the Park. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has approved this workshop for 4 pesticide applicator recertification credits (Category 5: Aquatics).
The objectives of the workshop are to:
Investigate components of ecology and seasonal changes that can impact a lake ecosystem
Explore water chemistry and other physical/biological tests to gauge lake health
Explore aquatic life in the lake’s transition zone (area between land and water) that helps promote a healthy ecosystem
Collect and identify native aquatic plant species
Collect and identify aquatic invasive species, and how to prevent their spread
Protecting Lake Shorelines: A Program for Lakefront Property Owners and Local Government Officials
MSU Extension will offer two workshops in the Upper Peninsula on protecting lake shorelines in July. The program will teach lake property owners and local officials the benefits of maintaining shorelines in a natural state and teach about tools and resources for property owners to plan and protect natural shorelines. Additionally, local government officials will learn how to better accommodate lakes in plans and local regulations. Specific topics include Introduction to Shorelines; Planning, designing your natural shoreline project; Maintenance and Natural Shoreline Successes; Planning and Zoning for Natural Shorelines; Michigan Shoreline Rules and Regulations; and Michigan Shoreland Stewards Program. Participants will also enjoy a field component examining local natural shoreline projects.
Workshops will be taught by natural resource and public policy experts from MSU Extension. The workshop locations and dates are:
July 27, 2017 – Curtis, Portage Township Community Building, W17361 Davis St.
July 28, 2017 – Watersmeet, Lac Vieux Desert Resort Casino, US Hwy 45
The workshops run from 9:30am to 5pm. The cost is $40 for individuals if registered on or before July 6 ($60 after), or $60 for a couple only receiving one set of materials ($80 after July 6). Registration includes snacks, lunch, and a copy of the MSU Extension bulletin Natural Shoreline Landscapes on Michigan's Inland Lakes – a $25 resource. Early registration ends July 6, 2017, with late registration available through July 20.
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Manual on Lake Management with Lake Improvement Board
A popular recreational activity is the use of Wake Boats for wake boarding. These types of boats create huge waves and may be detrimental to lake shorelines, bottom plants and sediments, and other recreationalists. What is the real impact of these boats from an environmental, safety-wise, and economical perspective? Two students, Erin Jarvie and Marlena Smith, taking a Water Policy and Management course at Michigan State University recently addressed that issue as for their class project and provided their report to McNALMS. You can read their report by clicking here. Another recently released article in the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations newsletter by Clifford Bloom, Attorney at Bloom Sluggett PC also discusses Wake Boats and impacts on lakes and property.
Upcoming McNALMS Board Meeting for 2017
Wednesday, August 30
Wednesday, November 1
All meetings are open to members (RSVP to the Executive Director (email@example.com) if you plan to attend). Meetings begin at 9:30am in 105 Manly Miles Bldg., 1405 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI unless noted otherwise.
Encourages cooperation and interaction among lake and watershed professionals, practitioners and managers to address problems impacting Michigan's lakes.
Promotes the sharing of information and experiences on scientific, financial, administrative, legal, and legislative aspects of lake and watershed management.
Fosters the development of lake restoration and protection programs at local, state, and national levels.
Promotes wise lake management by enhancing public awareness through education.
Provides a forum for citizens and managers to share ideas and promote common objectives.
Great Inland Lakes
Michigan's freshwater resources are perhaps its greatest treasures. Dotted with thousands of inland lakes, Michigan enjoys a unique resource that is unparalleled. For all of us who live, work and play on these wonderful lake resources, their is a vital role to be played in their protection, management and wise use.
The Michigan Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) is a group of professionals, practitioners, and interested citizens, who care about the preservation and wise management of Michigan lakes. Focusing on inland lakes, McNALMS is an affiliate member of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS - www.nalms.org), an international society. Through this affiliation, McNALMS is able to draw on the expertise of scientists, engineers, policymakers, and citizens from throughout the world.
McNALMS includes members from state, federal and local agencies as well as professionals working in limnology, biology, fisheries, recreation, and engineering. The Chapter provides a unique opportunity for individuals, groups and lake advocates to come together to achieve shared lake protection and restoration objectives.
If you share our interest in protecting and restoring Michigan's wonderful lake resources, we invite you to join with us and add your voice to our growing and active effort.