Michigan Chapter North American Lake Management Society
The purpose of McNALMS is to promote understanding and comprehensive management of Michigan's inland lake ecosystems
Groves Selected for McNALMS Lifetime Achievement Award
Congratulations to Tony Groves, a water resources professional with ProgressiveAE who was awarded McNALMS Lifetime Achievement Award at a virtual Awards Ceremony during the 2020 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention. Tony has spent over 25 years working with lake communities throughout Michigan in helping lake residents and associations with implementation of lake and watershed management projects.
Tony was presented with an original painting (above) by a local artist from Traverse City, MI with a sign in the painting upon which is written Tony's path. We congratulate Tony on this prestigious award.
INTRODUCTION TO LAKES ONLINE COURSE RETURNS
The 2021 Introduction to Lakes course will begin on January 19, 2021. Topics will include:
Lakes and their watersheds
Michigan water law
Aquatic plant management
Community involvement in lake stewardship.
The 6-week course is taught on a week-by-week basis, allowing for online communication between classmates and instructors through topical discussion forums. The course also includes three Ask-an-Expert webinar sessions with instructors and outside experts. Course instructors include Bindu Bhakta, Erick Elgin, Paige Filice, Dr. Jo Latimore, Brad Neumann, Mary Reilly and Dr. Lois Wolfson. Check for registration details on the Introduction to Lakes website.
Conservation Stewards Program Offering "Conservation Talk" Webinar Series
The Michigan State University Extension Conservation Stewards Program is presenting a free webinar series this fall highlighting some of the extraordinary conservation and restoration efforts in Michigan and how people with different goals and cultures come together to make it happen.
The “Conservation Talk” webinar series is happening on select Tuesdays throughout October, November, and December 2020 from 12-1PM EST via Zoom. Throughout the series, we will take a closer look at diverse cultural perspectives, unique natural ecosystems, innovative conservation partnerships that celebrate ecosystem heritage, efforts to connect people to nature, and ongoing restoration efforts in Michigan.
Complete details about the webinar series, including descriptions for each talk including speaker information, can be found at the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program Webinar Series page: https://www.canr.msu.edu/conservation_stewards_program/Webinar-Series/
Who should attend this webinar series? Anyone who loves nature and conservation; Existing Conservation Stewards interested in continuing their learning and networking/connecting with other alumni; Natural resource professionals who want to build their knowledge on ecosystem-based management principles and Individuals who want to learn more about the Michigan Conservation Steward Program.
The following webinars will be offered at 12PM EST as part of a series:
November 24, 2020: Grayling in Michigan: Their Past, Present and Future
Speaker: Nicole Watson, Michigan State University, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife
December 8, 2020: How Habitat Restoration on Belle Isle Can Mitigate Climate Change
Speaker: Sam Lovall, Friends of the Detroit River and Greg Norwood, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
December 15, 2020: Perspectives in Conservation: Understanding People and the Landscape to Protect our Natural Heritage
Speaker: Jesse Lincoln, Michigan Natural Features Inventory
The Michigan Conservation Stewards Program (CSP) is a course designed for individuals interested in Michigan ecosystems and sharing this knowledge with others. Conservation Stewards practice community-based volunteer conservation management activities. To learn more about the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program, visit: http://www.canr.msu.edu/csp. Please reach out to Bindu Bhakta (email@example.com) with any questions.
Photo by Mark Teicher
Conserving Lakes in a Changing Environment: The 2020 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention an Unqualified Success
Attracting nearly 500 registered participants, including students, scientists, academicians, educators, lakefront property owners, lake preservation advocates, lake and aquatic plant management professionals, and state agency personnel drawn to an exceptional agenda comprised of three full days of lake focused keynote addresses, special presentations, workshops, concurrent sessions, educational exhibits, photo and writing contests, and even an opportunity to win prizes during an inland lakes trivia competition, all supported this year by the generous contributions of an enthusiastic group of public and private sponsors, by all measures, the 2020 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention was an unqualified success!
Beginning with the inaugural event held in the spring of 2014, the biennial Michigan Inland Lakes Convention represents an extraordinary by-product of the high level of cooperation that occurs between a broad range of inland lake and water resource preservation focused non-profit organizations, companies, and state agencies that comprise the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership, an organization dedicated to promoting collaboration between citizens, professionals, researchers, and governmental agencies in order to advance stewardship of Michigan’s vast legacy of inland lakes.
Kicking off on Wednesday, September 16th at 9:00 AM, and adjourning at 4:30 PM on Friday, September 18th, this year’s lakes convention featured dozens of well attended special events, workshops, and concurrent sessions each committed to exploring a particular lake conservation related topic aligned with this year’s overarching convention theme of “Conserving Lakes in a Changing Environment”. To view the complete 2020 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention program, click here. Convention organizers would like our readers to know that many of this year’s virtual lakes convention workshops, concurrent sessions, and special events were recorded, and will be available in November by visiting the 2020 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention website.
This year’s lakes convention also featured two outstanding keynote addresses by prominent speakers. Opening Wednesday afternoon’s convention sessions, noted author of the renown “The Guide to Walden Pond”, University of Connecticut Professor of Geoscience Dr. Robert Thorsen presented “Michigan Inland Lakes: Their Different Origins and Why This Matters for Lake Managers”. Leading off Thursday morning’s convention proceedings, Dr. Kendra Spence Cheruvelil, Professor of Landscape Limnology within Michigan State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, delivered the convention’s second keynote address entitled “Lessons from LAGOS: Creating and using big data to understand lakes at broad scales of space and time”. -- This article was written by McNALMS Board Member, Scott Brown
Two Student Research Projects Funded
The Michigan Chapter North American Lake Management Society (McNALMS) and the Michigan Lakes and Streams Association (MLSA) announce two recipients of the 2020 Lake Research Student Grants Program. They are Emily Neuman from Grand Valley State University and Emmet Smrcka from Central Michigan University. Each will receive $2000 toward their research project.
The student grants program is a joint collaboration between McNALMS and MLSA. The purpose of the program is to promote student efforts to work with lakes and lake communities to enhance lake management. The program seeks projects that increase the understanding of lake ecology, strengthen collaborative lake management, address inland lakes fisheries, build lake partnerships and/or expand citizen involvement in lake management.
Neuman’s project will deal with Starry Stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa), a macroalgae that has invaded many of Michigan lakes. Its excessive growth is thought to interfere with fish spawning habitats and change microbial communities.
Chinese Mystery Snails. Photo by D. Spalsbury, Kansas Dept. Wildlife and Parks, Bugwood.org
Starry Stonewort with bulbils. Photo by Pam Tyning
Her research, titled, Star Wars: Phenology of Nitellopsis obtusa in Pentwater Lake, Michigan will help to determine when peak biomass of the species occurs and how changes in climate might affect plant growth from fragments. She will also utilize databases and herbarium records to look at which physical, chemical, and biological parameters may be important in the supporting the successful establishment of starry stonewort in lakes. She hopes that the results of this research will help inform management plans for Pentwater lake and other lakes in the region.
Smrcka’s research will focus on three invasive snails that have invaded some Michigan lakes: Chinese, Japanese and Banded Mystery snails
(Cipangopaludina chinensis, Cipangopaludina japonica, and Vivaparus georgianus, respectively). These snails have been found to alter lake ecosystems, feed on fish embryos, and possibly transmit parasites that can kill waterfowl. They could also clog water intake pipe screens. The extent of these snail populations are not well known. By sampling a subset of lakes, Smrcka hopes to determine which lakes have one or more of these species. He also hopes to provide key lake characteristics that could be used in predicting whether other lakes could support the snails if they are introduced and which lakes may be at a higher risk for invasion.
Both McNALMS and MLSA congratulate these two grant recipients.
Lunch and Learn Program Presentations
Harmful Algal Blooms: Ecology, Impacts and Management
Dr. Ann St. Amand, President, PhycoTech, MI on
Lake Level Identification of Harmful Algal Blooms and Their Ecology
Part 1 and Part 2
Five videos have been released by the the Shoreland Stewards Program, a part of the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership. The videos explore the four zones of lakefront property and teach lakefront property residents how to be a "Shoreland Steward." The Shoreland Stewards program was created to recognize inland lake property owners who are maintaining their property in a way that reduces negative impacts that development can have on inland lakes to ensure healthy lakes for future generations for both people and fish and wildlife. The videos can be access onThe Partnership's YouTube channel. Find out more information at: www.mishorelandstewards.org
Conservation Planner Tool Provides Lake Data for Great Lakes Region
The Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership (MGLP) has released its new MGLP Conservation Planner, which provides lake data to inform communicators, managers, and researchers about lakes throughout the Great Lakes region. Specifically, the MGLP Conservation Planner provides data on likely suitability for fishes, land cover along the shoreline and in the lake’s watershed, and conservation recommendations to supplement existing information for each lake. Its recommended uses include provision of data to inform single-lake management, establishment of a framework for conservation strategies in each lake, identification of patterns in fish habitat due to climate and land use change, and as a supplement during potential prioritization of limited resources among lakes.
Great Lakes Conference 2020 Presentations Available
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 30th annual Great Lakes Conference, The Great Lakes: Tackling Challenges Today and Beyone was held Tuesday, March 3 in East Lansing.
Topics included legislative developments with ballast water and invasive species, fish diseases and their impacts on the Great Lakes, reclaiming Detroit’s industrial waterfront, forecasting harmful algal blooms (HABs), a sneak preview of a new PBS production on HABs and the fisheries of the Great Lakes. Visit the conference website to obtain copies of the presentations.