Michigan Chapter, North American Lake Management Society (McNALMS)
The purpose of McNALMS is to promote understanding and comprehensive management of Michigan's inland lake ecosystems
Call for Abstracts for the 2018 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention
Abstracts and poster presentations are now being accepted for the 3rd biennial Michigan Inland Lakes Convention sponsored by the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership (MILP) and the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps). This year’s theme is Working Together for Healthy Lakes. The Convention will focus on current and emerging research, policy, and management strategies for conserving and protecting inland lakes. The Convention will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Grand Rapids, MI on October 4-5, 2018, with a welcome reception on the evening of October 3rd. Included in the event will be a plenary session with keynote addresses, workshops, concurrent sessions, field trips, a poster session, a resources room, receptions, and time for networking.
You are invited to submit an abstract for the Convention. Abstracts (up to 300 words) may be submitted for one of four options: 1) a 30 minute oral presentation, 2) a three hour workshop (Friday, October 5th only), 3) a 90 minute session that you arrange, usually with 3-4 speakers, or 4) a poster.
A limited number of spaces are available for each option. All those giving a talk, and all students attending the Convention, will receive a discount on registration. The discount does not apply to non-student co-authors and poster presenters.
Please visit http://michiganlakes.msue.msu.edu/convention and click on “Submit Abstract” link. Once there, please complete the requested information and indicate up to three of the topic areas listed (also listed to the right) that best fit your submission. The deadline to submit is Friday, June 1, 2018. For questions or additional information, please contact Dr. Lois Wolfson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-353-9222.
Proposed Topics Areas
Best Management Practices
Climate Change Impacts and Mitigation
Communicating Lake Science
Contaminants and Toxins
Fish Habitat, Ecology, and Management
Funding Sources for Inland Lake Improvement
Human Dimensions of Water Management
Lake Management Techniques
Local Government Lake Protection
Low Impact Development
Nuisance and Harmful Algal Blooms
Public Health in Relation to Inland Lakes
Risk Perception and Assessment
Tourism, Recreation and Boating
Water Data/Large Data Sets
Water Law, Policy and/or Regulations
Watershed Planning and Management
Wildlife (amphibians/reptiles/birds) associated with lakes
Working with the Agricultural Community
McNALMS Lunch and Learn Event
Presentations Available from McNALMS' Lunch and Learn Event
McNALMS' Lunch and Learn Event held March 8 included two presentations. Both of these presentations are now available on this website. One was by Kevin Wehrly with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources discussing Inland Lake Climate Change Science and Information. The other was by Pete Jacobson with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. His presentation was on Protecting Coldwater Fish from Climate Change: Building Resilience in Deep Lakes using a Landscape Approach.
MLSA Annual Conference - This Week
Michigan Lake and Stream Associations 57th Annual Conference on "Preserving Your Freshwater Gem: The Essentials of Lake Stewardship" Friday & Saturday, April 20th & 21st, 2018 - Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, MI
Conference topics include: Inland Lake Ecology 101; The Role of Lake Associations in Promoting Lake Stewardship; The Importance of Natural Shorelines; The Economic Value of Michigan’s Inland Lakes; Establishing the Value of a Lake Association; Managing Invasive Starry stonewort; Non-chemical control of invasive phragmites; Swimmer’s Itch Seminar; Aquatic Plant Identification; Riparian Rights and Water Law Update with ML&SA Attorney Clifford H. Bloom; MiCorps Cooperative Lakes Monitoring; Program Volunteer Training; and many more topics of interest. Keynote Speakers are: MI State Senator Rebekah Warren, MDNR Parks and Recreation Chief Ron Olson, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Policy Director Grenetta Thomassey, and Higgins Lake Foundation Chair Vicki Springstead. For more information visit the ML&SA 57th Annual Conference page by clicking here.
McNALMS annually supports student research by providing grant funding. In some cases the funds are used to supplement other funding that the students has received for their graduate studies. The following articles have been published by students who received partial funding from McNALMS and the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc.
Nohner, J. K., Lupi, F., & Taylor, W. W. 2018. Lakefront property owners’ willingness to accept easements for conservation of water quality and habitat. Water Resources Research, 54. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1002/2017WR021385
On-Line Summer Courses Offered for Credit through Michigan State University (MSU)
MSU’s Fisheries and Wildlife Department is offering several online courses this summer that will be of broad interest. None of these courses has pre-requisites. In addition to being open to all MSU students, anyone with a high school diploma can enroll through MSU’s Lifelong Education program (https://reg.msu.edu/ROInfo/EnrReg/LifelongEducation.aspx). Whether you’re contemplating earning a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife or simply wanting to learn more about a topic you are passionate about, these courses are for you.
FW101 (3 credits), Introduction to Fisheries and Wildlife Ecology and Management, provides a broad overview to the topic of FW conservation. We consider the history of natural resource use in North America, a primer on animal population dynamics, an introduction to ecosystems, and many examples of ongoing research in the FW department at MSU and an introduction to the people who are leading the efforts.
FW207 (3 credits), Great Lakes Biology and Management, is an ideal way for everyone to learn more about the Great Lakes that define Michigan as a state, and that are vital as some of the largest sources of freshwater on the planet.
FW491 Introduction to Lakes: Ecology and Management, 1 credit; or Recreational Fishing, 2 credits and 1 credit optional weekend lab are perfect for anyone interested in learning more about lakes, fish, or fishing. The 1-credit Introduction to Lakes course provides an excellent overview of these ecosystems, and of their management, with a particular focus on policy and management related to lakes and their shorelines. This course is adapted from MSU Extension's non-credit online Introduction to Lakes course. The Recreational Fishing course delves into the science underlying fishing. Learn how research is conducted to better understand how fishing affects fish populations and how fish populations can be sustainably managed. Then put theory into practice in the 1 credit lab, which will involve a weekend of fishing in the northern Lower Peninsula.
For further information, visit www.canr.msu.edu/fw/online or contact Jim Schneider at email@example.com.
Great Lakes Conference Talks to be Posted
The Great Lakes are one of Michigan’s greatest resources, providing recreational opportunities, a premier fisheries resource, water for agriculture, manufacturing, and other industries and multiple other uses. They are also subject to major problems such as invasive species, climate change, and harmful algal blooms. The 28th annual Great Lakes Conference, The Great Lakes: Focusing on the Present, Planning for the Future was held Tuesday, March 6 in East Lansing.
Topics included the evolution of coastal dunes, variability in Great Lakes ice cover, beach monitoring using dogs that can detect human sewage, new aquatic invasive watch list species; autonomous vehicles for Great Lakes exploration, mapping and monitoring, and forecasting harmful algal blooms to help Lake Erie Stakeholders. Visit the conference website to obtain copies of the presentations that were given (available now).
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.
Manual on Lake Management with Lake Improvement Board
All meetings are open to members. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend. Meetings begin at 9:30am in 105 Manly Miles Bldg., 1405 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823 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.