Michigan Chapter, North American Lake Management Society
The purpose of McNALMS is to promote understanding and comprehensive management of Michigan's inland lake ecosystems
Lake and Wetland Protection Tools for Local Governments
Michigan has 11,000 inland lakes and over 1,850 units of government who share a role in keeping those lakes clean for future generations. Four workshops will be held in Michigan during the summer of 2015 to help local officials and concerned citizens understand the benefits of inland lakes to communities, the regulations that govern them, and the opportunities for enhancing protection at the local level.
Workshop Dates and Locations:
July 21: Franklin Twp. Hall, 3922 Monroe Rd. (M-50), Tipton (Lenawee County)
August 3: Kensington Metropark Farm Center, 2128 W. Buno Rd., Milford (Oakland County)
August 6: North Central Michigan College Library Conference Center, 1515 Howard St., Petoskey (Emmet County)
August 10: Van Buren Conference Center, 490 S. Paw Paw St., Lawrence (Van Buren County)
Each workshop will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and lunch will be provided. The fee is $20 per person and registration is required 10 days prior to each workshop. Topics will include: the importance of inland lakes and wetlands, what you can do at the local level, natural features setbacks, existing legal framework, and how to get started in your community.
The workshops are funded in part with an EPA Wetlands Program Development Grant and are hosted by the Van Buren Conservation District with support from the Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, and MSU Extension.
The Michigan Chapter, North American Lake Management Society (McNALMS) in coordination with the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc. have awarded two one-year $1000 grants to Joe Nohner from Michigan State University (MSU) and Delilah Clement from Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Joe is a graduate student in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU. His research for this grant will focus on the social, cultural, and economic factors underlying lakeshore property owners’ willingness to conserve natural aquatic habitat on their properties. Previous research has shown that changes in habitat and shoreline development influence fisheries productivity. The information he gathers along with his ongoing research on largemouth bass populations will help provide a better understanding of factors influencing the decisions of landowners to remove vegetation and woody habitat and potential effects on the fisheries resource. It will also help practitioners and lake organizations better tailor their conservation efforts to mitigate changes to the natural shoreline. Delilah is a graduate student at the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute at GVSU. Her research will look at phosphorus loss via tile drains in the Macatawa Watershed. She plans to collect tile drain effluent, record land and management factors, perform bioassays on algae using the effluent, and determine if soluble reactive phosphorus concentrations in relation to total phosphorus from drain tile has a significant effect on algal growth. Her research will lead to a better understanding of the relationship between tile drain phosphate and algal blooms in the Macatawa watershed and Lake Macatawa. McNALMS and MLSA congratulate the two recipients and look forward to their sharing of information on their research results.
MSU Extension to offer lake ecology and management education online
Michigan State University Extension announces the return of the Introduction to Lakes program, now offered online. Updated, reformatted and current, the six-unit series is specially designed for lakefront property owners, lake association members, lake improvement board members, local government officials, natural resource professionals, K-12 educators and others interested in learning about Michigan’s 11,000 inland lakes. Enrollment is now open through October 1, 2015.
Previously the program was taught face-to-face around the state. With the new Introduction to Lakes online course you will have week-by-week, 24/7 access to six online units -- complete with video lectures, activities, resources, discussion forums, quizzes, and live chat sessions with Michigan State University Extension experts, all from the comfort of your home or office. Through this convenient format you will increase your knowledge and understanding of lake ecology, lake and their watersheds, shorelines, Michigan water law, aquatic plant management, and citizen involvement in lake stewardship.
The week-by-week schedule allows for regular communications with classmates and course instructors through weekly, topical discussion forums and pre-scheduled live chat sessions.
Course instructors are MSU Extension educators and specialists including Bindu Bhakta, Terry Gibb, Jane Herbert, Dr. Jo Latimore and Dr. Lois Wolfson.
Introduction to Lakes begins October 6th. Enrollment ends October 1st. The cost of the course is $75. Register by August 31, 2015 to receive the early bird rate of $60. Please note this introductory discounted registration pricing is only available in 2015. For complete registration details please visit the Introduction to Lakes web page at:http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/info/introduction_to_lakes_online
Lake Appreciation Month Upcoming
Lakes Appreciation Month is this July. All life relies on water, and our water resources cannot be taken for granted. Our parent organization, the North American Lake Management Society provides a list of activities you can do to help keep our waters safe and clean. Here's what you can do:
You can help monitor your local waterbody or watershed
You can visit a local lake, pond, or reservoir with friends and family
You can go boating, kayaking, canoeing, sailing or rowing
You can go swimming
You can go SCUBA diving
You can cast your line in and go fishing
If you manage a lake you can 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.
If you don’t manage a lake, you ask your local lake agency about shadowing a lake manager for a day
You can arrange a lake or watershed clean-up event
You can start a watershed storm drain stenciling program
You can have your septic system pumped if you live close to a waterbody
You can go birding or take pictures at a lake or pond
You can tap into your artistic side and draw or paint a lake scene for your home or office.
You can organize a lake field trip for students
You can also join the Secchi Dip-in, an event held during July each year that helps volunteers collect water transparency data. Dip-in volunteers monitor all types of waterbodies including lakes, streams, and estuaries. Since 1994 the Dip-in has grown to include more than 375 partner programs and 6,000 volunteers. With their input, Dip-In data now includes more than 41,000 records on more than 7,000 waterbodies. For more information on the Secchi Dip-in, check out this website.
National NALMS News
NALMS is accepting abstracts for the 35th International Symposium to be held in Saratoga Springs, New York from November 17 – 20, 2015. Abstracts are due by May 22, 2015. Click here to download the Call for Abstracts.
Since January 1, 2012, Michigan law restricts phosphorus fertilizer applications on lawns. For more information click here.
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.