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
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July is Lake Appreciation Month
Annual Student Grant Awarded
2019 Great Lakes Conference Presentations Available
Lunch and Learn Presentations
July is Lake Appreciation Month The North American Lakes Management Society (NALMS) as well as McNALMS promote the value and health of the nation’s lakes and reservoirs each year by designating July as Lakes Appreciation Month. With over 11,000 inland lakes greater than 5 acres in size and over 3000 miles of Great Lakes coastline, Michigan is fortunate to have this vast resource. It is the responsibility of Michigan citizens to help protect and manage these waters. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources administer programs to monitor lakes, manage the fisheries, permit aquatic invasive species control activities and promote best land management practices at the shorelines and shore lands.
Through the state's Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) program, community volunteers are trained as lake monitors and help collect data on their lakes. The Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership, consisting of the state agencies, nonprofit organizations, and Universities, engages citizens in a collaborative effort to ensure the quality, sustainability and ecological diversity of lakes. Some of the Partnership members, such as McNALMS, the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership, Michigan State University Extension, and the Michigan Lake Stewardship Association, continually promote inland lakes through educational programs. The website lists several activities that citizens can take part in to help protect and enjoy our inland lakes. Below are some examples that can be incorporated into local events, workshops, or educational activities.
TheNALMSwebsite lists several activities that citizens can take part in to help protect and enjoy our inland lakes. Below are some examples that can be incorporated into local events, workshops, or educational activities.
go boating, kayaking, canoeing, sailing or rowing
go swimming or SCUBA diving
cast your line in and go fishing
host an activity in your office or on a local waterbody.
ask your local lake agency about shadowing a lake manager for a day
arrange a lake or watershed clean-up event
start a watershed storm drain stenciling program
get your septic system pumped if you live close to a waterbody
draw or paint a lake scene for your home or office. Be sure to send us a copy!
organize a lake field trip for students
help monitor your local waterbody or watershed
organize a shoreline cleanup
visit a local lake, pond, or reservoir with friends and family
Annual Student Grant Awarded
Each year, McNALMS teams up with the Michigan Lakes Stewardship Association (MLSA) to offer theLake Research Grants Program (LRGP). This program is aimed at promoting University student efforts to work with lakes and/or lake communities to enhance lake management. Projects that increase the understanding of lake ecology, strengthen collaborative lake management, build lake partnerships and/or expand citizen involvement in lake management are eligible for consideration. This year's recipient of the LRGP is Jasmine Mancuso from Grand Valley State University. She is working on a MS degree in Biology.
Her proposal is titled, "Exploring drivers of cyanobacterial blooms with time-series observations, biogeochemical modeling, and in situ experimentation in a model Great Lakes estuary." Her major goal is to find out what the key physical and chemical factors are(weather events, hypoxia, nutrient loading etc.) that drive cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms (cHABs) dynamics in Muskegon Lake. Muskegon Lake, a drowned river mouth lake, is an ideal location for this type of study because it connects the second largest watershed in Michigan to the Great Lakes system, has the potential to locally influence Lake Michigan, and can be used as an analog to other water bodies.
Under her major professor, Dr. Bopi Biddanda, Jasmine will be working with a team of researchers from various agencies and organizations in Michigan. She indicates that the study is important because the results, partially derived from using high-frequency time-series data, will help in the understanding of the ecological processes within a unique ecosystem like Muskegon Lake to advance management and restoration practices, as well as understand the drivers of eutrophication and resulting cHABs.
McNALMS and MLSA congratulate Jasmine on receiving this grant award.
Great Lakes Conference 2019 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 29th annual Great Lakes Conference, The Great Lakes: Managing for Action was held Tuesday, March 5 in East Lansing.
Topics includedAgricultural Best Management Practices in the Lake Erie basin, Economic impacts of restoration in the Great Lakes, Control mechanisms for Asian carp, a recent history of salmon stocking in the Great Lakes, wild rice and its significance, and virtual trails and birding in the Great Lakes basin. Visit the conference websiteto obtain copies of the presentations.
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
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 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.