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
Proposals Being accepted for 2019 Lake Research Student Grants Program
The Michigan Chapter North American Lake Management Society (McNALMS) and the Michigan Lake Stewardship Associations (MLSA) are pleased to announce the next round of funding for the Lake Research Student Grants Program. The purpose of the program is to promote student efforts to work on inland lakes and/or with lake communities to enhance inland lake management. Projects that increase the understanding of lake ecology, have applicability to Michigan lakes, strengthen collaborative lake management, address inland lakes fisheries, build lake partnerships and/or expand citizen involvement in lake management are eligible for consideration. This year, McNALMS and MLSA expect to fund two or more projects from a total pool of $4,000.
Who May Apply?
All applicants must be members or enroll as members of McNALMS when their application is submitted. Membership is free for full-time students. Membership applications are available on the McNALMS website. Applicants must be either:
The 29th annual Great Lakes conference, "The Great Lakes: Managing for Action" will take place on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the Kellogg Center at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. This year's conference will address some of the major benefits that the Great Lakes provide as well as challenges that they continually face. Topics include Agricultural Best Management Practices in the Lake Erie basin, Economic impacts of restoration in the Great Lakes, Control mechanisms for Asian carp, Wild rice and its significance, and Virtual trails and birding in the Great Lakes basin. Dr. Howard Tanner, who was instrumental in bringing Salmon into the Great Lakes, will give a presentation on how this project came about, and will be available for signing his new book on this subject. Copies will be available for purchase at the conference. The cost to attend the conference is $15. There is no charge for full-time students. Visit: www.bit.ly/GreatLakes2019for more information and to register or contact Lois Wolfson at email@example.com; 517-353-9222. The conference is sponsored by Michigan State University'sDepartment of Fisheries and Wildlife and Institute of Water Research; Michigan Sea Grant Extension, and the Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Shoreline and Shallows Conference to Focus on High Energy Waves and Lake Levels
The Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership will host its biennial Shoreline and Shallows Conference on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the Kellogg Center at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. This year’s conference focuses on the impacts of moderate and high-energy waves on lake shorelines. It was also include information on lake levels, native plant communities along shorelines and healthy shorelines and fish responses. Contractors, state and local governments, educators, non-profit organizations, lake suppliers, native plant growers, landscape designers, and lakefront property owners will all benefit from attending this program. More information is available at www.mishorelinepartnership.org/events or by contacting Lois Wolfson at firstname.lastname@example.org; 517-353-9222. Cost is $45 ($20 for full-time students) and includes lunch. The conference is co-sponsored by the Institute of Water Research, Michigan State University, MSU Extension, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Lake and Stream Leaders Institute Accepting Applications
Each of us has a role to play in protecting Michigan’s magnificent lakes and streams. Are you ready to play your part? If so, the Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute is looking for you! We invite you to apply for the Class of 2019. Community members, professionals, and undergraduate and graduate students are all welcome.
As an Institute participant, you will increase your understanding of lake and stream science and management, and learn leadership skills necessary to work through the sometimes challenging issues surrounding lake and stream protection, all through interactive, hands-on experiences with expert instructors and peers:
Study fish, insects, and habitat in Michigan lakes and rivers
Develop conflict management and communication skills
Discover new resources and partnership opportunities
Explore Michigan water law, regulations, and programs
Apply your new knowledge and skills in an independent project
The Institute employs a combination of classroom activities, field experiences, and independent work over three sessions: May 31-June 1 at the Kettunen Center near Cadillac, July 26-27 at the Kellogg Biological Station near Kalamazoo, and October 18 at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Instructors are leaders and experts in their fields including university faculty, agency professionals, and leaders of non-profit organizations. The Institute is a partnership program offered by Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Lake Stewardship Associations, Inc., the MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
The application deadline is March 31, 2019. Class size is limited to approximately 20 participants. Tuition for the 2019 Institute is $400, and includes all materials, meals, field trips, equipment, and overnight lodging. Limited scholarships are available.
For application forms and more information about the 2019 Institute, visit http://bit.ly/MSU-LSLI. You can also contact Institute Director Dr. Jo Latimore at email@example.com 517-432-1491.
McNALMS Lunch and Learn Event
Presentations Available from McNALMS' Lunch and Learn Event
McNALMS' Lunch and Learn Event held March 8 included two presentations. Both of these presentations are now available on this website. One was by Kevin Wehrly with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources discussing Inland Lake Climate Change Science and Information. The other was by Pete Jacobson with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. His presentation was on Protecting Coldwater Fish from Climate Change: Building Resilience in Deep Lakes using a Landscape Approach.
McNALMS annually supports student research by providing grant funding. In some cases the funds are used to supplement other funding that the students has received for their graduate studies. The following articles have been published by students who received partial funding from McNALMS and the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc.
Nohner, J. K., Lupi, F., & Taylor, W. W. 2018. Lakefront property owners’ willingness to accept easements for conservation of water quality and habitat. Water Resources Research, 54. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1002/2017WR021385
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 28th annual Great Lakes Conference, The Great Lakes: Focusing on the Present, Planning for the Future was held Tuesday, March 6 in East Lansing.
Topics included the evolution of coastal dunes, variability in Great Lakes ice cover, beach monitoring using dogs that can detect human sewage, new aquatic invasive watch list species; autonomous vehicles for Great Lakes exploration, mapping and monitoring, and forecasting harmful algal blooms to help Lake Erie Stakeholders. Visit the conference website to obtain copies of the presentations that were given (available now).
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.
Manual on Lake Management with Lake Improvement Board
All meetings are open to members. Please RSVP to 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 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.