Michigan Chapter, North American Lake Management Society
The purpose of McNALMS is to promote understanding and comprehensive management of Michigan's inland lake ecosystems
Job Opening: MI State University Extension Educator – Water Resources (Fremont (preferred) and/or Big Rapids or Mt. Pleasant, MI), Greening MI Institute, Michigan State University Extension
The primary responsibility of this position is to develop and deliver educational programs and outreach materials on water resources issues. The candidate will also write grants, generate revenue, and establish partnerships that leverage public, private and not-for-profit funds. For full details, click here. Or, apply online at the Michigan State University jobs page at www.jobs.msu.edu. The position is listed as follows on the jobs page: MSU Extension Jobs, Extension Educator – Water Resources, Posting number: 3037. Application deadline is June 1, 2016.
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.
Appreciating Lakes to Keep Waters Healthy
Lakes Appreciation Month was last July, and Michigan NALMS and the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership are working to request a Governor's Proclamation that officially recognizes Michigan inland lakes during next year's Lakes Appreciation Month. Click here to see how you can keep our inland lakes healthy.
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.