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
McNALMS Announces Lunch and Learn Event
The biennial Lunch and Learn conference will be held Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Kellogg Center on the Michigan State University campus. The topic for the event is Managing Fish Habitat in a Changing Climate. Click here for details and to register. The cost is $20 ($15 for students) and includes lunch.
Introduction to Lakes Online Course Registration Closing Soon
Michigan State University Extension has announced the upcoming Introduction to Lakes 6-week course beginning in January. The course is offered as a self-paced online course, and is designed for anyone interested in lakes, including lakefront property owners, lake users, local government officials, lake managers and educators. The course schedule allows for regular online communication with classmates and course instructors through discussion forums and live Ask-an-Expert webinars. The cost of the course is $115. The online class, Introduction to Lakes, will be offered January 23 to March 9, 2018. Ask-an-Expert webinars are scheduled from 12 to 1 p.m. on Feb. 7, 21, and March 7, 2018. Registration ends January 16, 2018.
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.
Student Research Grants Program for 2018 Announced
Proposals from students and lake leaders are now being solicited through McNALMS and the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations' 2018 Lake Research Student Grants Program (LRGP). Projects that increase the understanding of lake ecology, strengthen collaborative lake management, build lake partnerships and/or expand citizen involvement in lake management, and have applicability to Michigan inland lakes are eligible for consideration. The purpose of the McNALMS and MLSA Grants Program is to promote the research and outreach efforts of both University students and those that have completed a volunteer leadership training program.
Examples of previously funding projects include:
An analysis of phosphorus loading and the ecological impacts from agricultural tile drains in a west Michigan watershed, the results of which were published earlier this year in the Journal of Great Lakes Research.
A study looking at social, cultural, and economic factors underlying lakeshore property owners’ willingness to conserve natural aquatic habitat on their properties.
A study on littoral primary production and effects of invasive macrophytes in Michigan lakes
Assessing young of the year fish mortality along a lakeshore development gradient
For 2018, a total pool of $3,000 has been allocated to fund one or more projects. Proposals will be funded for one calendar year.
2018 proposals are due by February 23, 2018. A complete description of the proposal requirement along with an application form are available here. Please feel free to contact email@example.com with questions.
McNALMS and MLSA are non-profit organizations with federal 501 (c)(3) status. Both are dedicated to promoting the understanding and comprehensive management of Michigan’s inland lake ecosystems.
Manual on Lake Management with Lake Improvement Board
Scholarship Opportunity from Michigan Lake and Stream Associations (MLSA)
Apply now for MLSA’s 2018 Megan E. Cook Memorial Scholarship in Environmental Studies
2017 AWARD: Two $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to a current student majoring in the environmental studies field (with preference to lake and stream studies). The goal of this scholarship is to enable a talented and motivated student to advance their scholarship in the environmental studies to participate in activities that would be otherwise limited. These awards will each be granted to one undergraduate and one upper level graduate student. This includes attendance at the annual MLSA conference in late April of 2018 to learn about lake issues and research.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: By 5 pm, Friday, February 16, 2018
APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY: Qualified applicants must be active and continuing undergraduate students that have a valid major in Environmental Studies or related field. Applicant must have an interest in lake and/or stream research and be motivated to pursue projects that may lead to understanding or improving lake health. In addition, the applicant must be a Michigan resident attending a Michigan college or University. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and must demonstrate some degree of financial need.
APPLICANT INSTRUCTIONS: (Full application instructions are included on the reverse side). Completed applications should be submitted to Beth Cook via PDF at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at the following address: Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, 300 N. State Street, Suite A, Stanton, MI 48888. Please include current (unofficial or official) transcripts from the college you are attending.
AWARD PROCEDURE AND ADMINITRATION OF FUNDS: Scholarship recipients will be determined by a Selection Committee designated by the MLSA Board of Directors. In early March, winners of the scholarships will be notified via a formal letter from MLSA. Recipients of the scholarships may use the award funds for educational-related expenses such as tuition, textbooks, computer software, or research. Institutions where the recipients attend will be issued a check with the award letter in the amount of $1,500 that will come from the MLSA Megan E. Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund. Additionally, please be aware of your college policies that may require notification of this award to the office of financial aid if an award is received. If there are any concerns about this, please consult with your college financial aid officer prior to application of the scholarship. You will be required to send a summary report of what you have used the award for and how it could benefit Michigan lakes and streams.
Upcoming McNALMS Board Meeting for 2018
Thursday, February 8
Wednesday, April 25
Wednesday, August 29
Wednesday, November 7
All meetings are open to members. Please RSVP to 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 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.