Michigan Chapter, North American Lake Management Society
The purpose of McNALMS is to promote understanding and comprehensive management of Michigan's inland lake ecosystems
Shoreline and Shallows: Increasing Habitat, Reducing Invasives Register now for the upcoming Shoreline and Shallows Conference being held Thursday, March 9, 2017, at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing, MI. The one-day conference will feature presentations on the new Michigan Shoreline Stewards Program; Wisconsin's healthy lakes initiative; plant and animal invasives and nuisance species and their control; the new DNR habitat viewer, research on the association between fishes and riparian/littoral habitats, and successes and challenges with various bio-engineering structures. Visit the Michigan Shoreline Partnership website for a full agenda and links to registration. Earlybird registration fee is $45 (until February 25) and includes the MNSP luncheon. 2017 Certified Natural Shoreline Professional Training The Michigan Certified Natural Shoreline Professional Training and Certification Program will be held March 7-8, 2017 at the Kellogg Center on the Michigan State University campus. The training includes two days of classroom instruction and a one-day field exercise designed to equip professional landscape and marine contractors to design, implement and maintain natural shoreline landscapes on inland lakes. The one-day field exercise and final exam, being held in Paw Paw, MI on June 7, consists of installing a natural shoreline landscape on an inland lake property. For more detailed information, visit: www.mishorelinepartnership.org/contractors Great Lakes Conference: Moving Michigan Forward Upcoming The annual Great Lakes Conference is scheduled for March 7, 2017 on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing, MI. The conference will feature talks on Global Water Issues, the next steps in Michigan's Water Strategy, Rip Currents, Drones for Monitoring; and Acoustic Telemetry for tracking fish in the Great Lakes. Registration opens December 27. To register, go to www.iwr.msu.edu/events/ANRWeek. Wake Boats
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.
Michigan Fertilizer Law
The Michigan Fertilizer Law was updated in July, 2015 by Public Act 118. Michigan law restricts phosphorus fertilizer applications on lawns. For more information click here.
2017 Student Grants Program Announced
The Michigan Chapter North American Lake Management Society (McNALMS) and Michigan Lake and Stream Associations (MLSA) have once again pooled resources to offer grants to students working on inland lakes or with lake communities. The Lake Research Student Grants Program is being offered to increase the understanding of lake ecology, strengthen collaborative lake management, build lake partnerships and/or expand citizen involvement in lake management. This year one or more grants will be awarded from a total of $4,000 allocated to this year’s program. Proposals will be funded for one calendar year. Visit our web page under Grants Program to obtain detailed information. You may also download a copy of the Program and Application Form.
McNALMS Student Grant Awards
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.
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.