Michigan Chapter North American Lake Management Society
The purpose of McNALMS is to promote understanding and comprehensive management of Michigan's inland lake ecosystems
Groves Selected for McNALMS Lifetime Achievement Award
Congratulations to Tony Groves, a water resources professional with ProgressiveAE who was awarded McNALMS Lifetime Achievement Award at a virtual Awards Ceremony during the 2020 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention. Tony has spent over 25 years working with lake communities throughout Michigan in helping lake residents and associations with implementation of lake and watershed management projects.
Tony was presented with an original painting (above) by a local artist from Traverse City, MI with a sign in the painting upon which is written Tony's path. We congratulate Tony on this prestigious award.
Student Proposals Sought for Lake Research from McNALMS
Once again, the Michigan Chapter, North American Lake Management Society and the Michigan Lakes and Streams Association have teamed up to offer their annual Lake Research Student Grants Program for research on Inland Lakes for 2021. If you have a student or know of someone who might be interested in applying for funding, please pass this information on to them. Complete details as well as a link to the Application and Grant Proposal form are available on this website.
Up to $4,000 is available for the funding of one or more proposals. Announcement of grant recipients will be made by the end of March or early April.
Proposals are due by Friday, February 26, 2021. For further information about the lake research focused grant program, contact email@example.com.
The Michigan Chapter North American Lake Management Society (McNALMS) and the Michigan Lakes and Streams Association (MLSA) announce two recipients of the 2020 Lake Research Student Grants Program. They are Emily Neuman from Grand Valley State University and Emmet Smrcka from Central Michigan University. Each will receive $2000 toward their research project.
The student grants program is a joint collaboration between McNALMS and MLSA. The purpose of the program is to promote student efforts to work with lakes and lake communities to enhance lake management. The program seeks projects that increase the understanding of lake ecology, strengthen collaborative lake management, address inland lakes fisheries, build lake partnerships and/or expand citizen involvement in lake management.
Neuman’s project will deal with Starry Stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa), a macroalgae that has invaded many of Michigan lakes. Its excessive growth is thought to interfere with fish spawning habitats and change microbial communities.
Chinese Mystery Snails. Photo by D. Spalsbury, Kansas Dept. Wildlife and Parks, Bugwood.org
Starry Stonewort with bulbils. Photo by Pam Tyning
Her research, titled, Star Wars: Phenology of Nitellopsis obtusa in Pentwater Lake, Michigan will help to determine when peak biomass of the species occurs and how changes in climate might affect plant growth from fragments. She will also utilize databases and herbarium records to look at which physical, chemical, and biological parameters may be important in the supporting the successful establishment of starry stonewort in lakes. She hopes that the results of this research will help inform management plans for Pentwater lake and other lakes in the region.
Smrcka’s research will focus on three invasive snails that have invaded some Michigan lakes: Chinese, Japanese and Banded Mystery snails
(Cipangopaludina chinensis, Cipangopaludina japonica, and Vivaparus georgianus, respectively). These snails have been found to alter lake ecosystems, feed on fish embryos, and possibly transmit parasites that can kill waterfowl. They could also clog water intake pipe screens. The extent of these snail populations are not well known. By sampling a subset of lakes, Smrcka hopes to determine which lakes have one or more of these species. He also hopes to provide key lake characteristics that could be used in predicting whether other lakes could support the snails if they are introduced and which lakes may be at a higher risk for invasion.
Both McNALMS and MLSA congratulate these two grant recipients.
Lunch and Learn Program Presentations
Harmful Algal Blooms: Ecology, Impacts and Management
Dr. Ann St. Amand, President, PhycoTech, MI on
Lake Level Identification of Harmful Algal Blooms and Their Ecology
Part 1 and Part 2
Five videos have been released by the the Shoreland Stewards Program, a part of the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership. The videos explore the four zones of lakefront property and teach lakefront property residents how to be a "Shoreland Steward." The Shoreland Stewards program was created to recognize inland lake property owners who are maintaining their property in a way that reduces negative impacts that development can have on inland lakes to ensure healthy lakes for future generations for both people and fish and wildlife. The videos can be access onThe Partnership's YouTube channel. Find out more information at: www.mishorelandstewards.org
Conservation Planner Tool Provides Lake Data for Great Lakes Region
The Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership (MGLP) has released its new MGLP Conservation Planner, which provides lake data to inform communicators, managers, and researchers about lakes throughout the Great Lakes region. Specifically, the MGLP Conservation Planner provides data on likely suitability for fishes, land cover along the shoreline and in the lake’s watershed, and conservation recommendations to supplement existing information for each lake. Its recommended uses include provision of data to inform single-lake management, establishment of a framework for conservation strategies in each lake, identification of patterns in fish habitat due to climate and land use change, and as a supplement during potential prioritization of limited resources among lakes.
Great Lakes Conference 2020 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 30th annual Great Lakes Conference, The Great Lakes: Tackling Challenges Today and Beyone was held Tuesday, March 3 in East Lansing.
Topics included legislative developments with ballast water and invasive species, fish diseases and their impacts on the Great Lakes, reclaiming Detroit’s industrial waterfront, forecasting harmful algal blooms (HABs), a sneak preview of a new PBS production on HABs and the fisheries of the Great Lakes. Visit the conference website to obtain copies of the presentations.