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
Extending July's Lake Appreciation Month all Year Long
Although the designated Lake Appreciation month of July has passed, there are lake issues that occur all year long. From harmful algal blooms in late summer, to invasive aquatic species or to excessive nutrient runoff, lakes should be monitored, protected, and managed to minimize negative effects. To learn more about lakes and how to address potential problems, NALMS’ Outreach and Education Committee has announced the release of the 2nd edition of Your Lake &You!, now available as a pdf file on the NALMS website. This new and improved edition of our popular Your Lake & You! booklet (an updated version of the 8-page newspaper) helps you explain to homeowners the steps they can take to protect the lakes they love and live on. This wonderful resource is loaded with basic lake information, strategies for taking better care of lakes, and descriptions of resource publications.
If you would like to order print copies of Your Lake & You!, please visit eprintinc.com. While the online edition is available at no cost, print copies are charged by quantity, with a shipping and handling fee.
Manual on Lake Management with Lake Improvement Board
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.
NALMS Announces Student Video Contest
The national North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) is continuing its student video series contest. Because NALMS recognizes that current undergraduate and graduate students represent the future of freshwater research, they are looking for students to create and produce short (10 minute max) educational videos. The videos are designed to help teach citizen scientists, students, and the general public about lake management, the equipment used to monitor lake processes, and how to make limnological equipment.
The topics for the next round are: 1) Macrophytes; and 2) Aquatic Invasive Species. Video submissions for both topics are due December 1, 2017. Students can submit entries for either or both topics.
Detailed contest rules and submission guidelines can be found on the Video Evaluation Rubric. Any approved videos will require a release form before it is posted on any of NALMS’ online platforms.
The student(s) of the top awarded video will receive:
$500 USD travel award to the annual NALMS conference (if a video was authored by multiple students, the $500 award will be split equally among the authors, and the NALMS student membership award will be awarded to the senior author or membership benefits shared among authors)
An award and recognition at the annual NALMS conference
FREE promotion on the NALMS website, YouTube channel, and social media platforms
Two videos will be selected as the runners-up and winners awarded a one-year student membership to NALMS (two memberships awarded in total – if a video is authored by multiple students, the membership will be awarded to the senior author or membership benefits shared among authors)
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.