Michigan Chapter, North American Lake Management Society
The purpose of McNALMS is to promote understanding and comprehensive management of Michigan's inland lake ecosystems
July is Lake Appreciation Month
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in partnership with the North American Lakes Management Society promotes the value and health of the nation’s lakes and reservoirs each year by designating July as Lakes Appreciation Month. Part of this promotion is for the nation’s Governors to recognize the value of the lakes in their state by issuing a proclamation for Lakes Appreciation Month in their state. Michigan Governor Rick Synder has signed this proclamation. With over 11,000 inland lakes greater than 5 acres in size and over 3000 miles of Great Lakes coastline, Michigan is fortunate to have this vast resource and it is up to the citizens of Michigan to actively participate in the protection and management of these waters. Both the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Natural Resources administer programs to monitor lakes, manage the fisheries, permit aquatic invasive species control activities and promote best land management practices at the shorelines and shore lands. Through the state's Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) program, community volunteers are trained as lake monitors and help collect data on their lakes. The Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership, consisting of the state agencies, nonprofit organizations, and Universities, engages citizens in a collaborative effort to ensure the quality, sustainability and ecological diversity of lakes. Some of the Partnership members, such as McNALMS, the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership, Michigan State University Extension, and Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, continually promote inland lakes through educational programs. The National NALMS website lists several activities that citizens can take part in to help protect and enjoy our inland lakes. Some examples include:
help monitor your local waterbody or watershed
visit a local lake, pond, or reservoir with friends and family
go boating, kayaking, canoeing, sailing or rowing
go SCUBA diving
cast your line in and go fishing
host an activity in your office or on a local waterbody. Bring enough sampling gear, id keys and other materials for everyone to join in.
ask your local lake agency about shadowing a lake manager for a day
arrange a lake or watershed clean-up event
start a watershed storm drain stenciling program
get your septic system pumped if you live close to a waterbody
draw or paint a lake scene for your home or office. Be sure to send us a copy!
oganize a lake field trip for students
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.
Did you know that since January 1,2012, Michigan law restricts phosphorus fertilizer applications on lawns. For more information click here.
Secchi Dip-In 2016 Is your lake association or group interested in participating in sharing information on water clarity in your lake? If yes, you're invited to celebrate Lake Appreciation Month by participating in the July 2016 Secchi Dip-In! 2016 marks the 23rd anniversary of the Dip-In and the 151st anniversary of the first use of the secchi disk by Father Pietro Angelo Secchi. To learn more, visit the Secchi Dip-In website sponsored by the North American Lake Management Society. Student Grant Awards Announced
McNALMS is pleased to announce the two recipients of the 2016 Lake Research Grants Program (LRGP). They are Anna Boegehold, PhD candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wayne State University and Emily Kindervater, MS candidate in the Annis Water Resources Center at Grand Valley State University.
Anna will be addressing “Assessment of Cyanobacteria to Suppress Growth and Development of Dreissenid Larvae.” Because the nutritional quality of food is important to the success of dreissenid mussels, the presence of nutritionally poor or toxic phytoplankton, such as cyanobacteria blooms, may have negative impacts on their populations. Anna’s study will determine the effects of 12 cyanobacteria cultures and the purified toxin microcystin on veliger growth and development. Her study will help fill existing gaps in the literature pertaining to the veliger stage of dreissenid mussels. Understanding how these veligers are affected by cyanobacteria can also aid in the development of a dreissenid-specific control method by identifying and isolating cyanobacteria compounds that impact the mussels.
Emily's project is entitled, “Phosphorus Retention in West Michigan Two Stage Agricultural Ditches”. Excess phosphorus has been implicated as a leading cause of harmful algal blooms. Nonpoint sources of pollution from activities such as agricultural runoff can contribute significant amounts of phosphorus to waterways. The focus of Emily’s project is on two-stage ditches and their ability to retain phosphorus compared with traditional ditch forms. The information gained can help the effectiveness of the two-stage ditches within the Lake Macatawa watershed where the study will occurs. It will also provide the groundwork for new best management practices.
The purpose of the McNALMS student grants program is to promote University student efforts to work with lakes and lake communities to enhance lake management. McNALMS congratulates these two students.
Update on MSU Extension lake ecology and management education online course
Michigan State University Extension completed its first Introduction to Lakes online course this past November. Ninety-nine people signed up and 97 took the course. The course ran for six consecutive weeks and offered participants video lectures, activities, resources, discussion forums, quizzes, and live chat sessions with Michigan State University Extension experts on topics such as understanding of lake ecology, lake and their watersheds, shorelines, Michigan water law, aquatic plant management, and citizen involvement in lake stewardship.
Introduction to Lakes will again be offered in Fall of 2016. Keep an eye on the website as more details become available.
All meetings are open to members (RSVP to the Executive Director (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 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.