Past NALMS Symposia
NALMS 34th International Symposium
November 11 - 14, 2014 • Tampa, Florida
Managing for Results: In-lake and Watershed Management
In 2014 NALMS traveled to Tampa, Florida for our 34th Annual Symposium. NALMS Affiliate member, the Florida Lake Management Society (FLMS), hosted the Symposium and attendees enjoyed the wonderful location and amenities of the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina. 499 attendees joined us from around the world to attend workshops and presentations featuring both watershed and in-lake management and research efforts.
Workshops & Field TripsThe Symposium began on Tuesday with four workshops; one on collecting and identifying freshwater algae, one for internal phosphorus loading, one for phosphorus inactivation and interception in lakes and ponds, and a sonar/GPS/cloud-computing workshop that included a field demo. There was also a tour of urban stormwater projects that took attendees to see cost-effective lake management solutions in Winter Haven, Florida and also included a review of a marsh system restoration project on Lake Hancock.
Sessions & EventsThe traditional Tuesday evening reception for new NALMS members and first time conference attendees followed the workshops. From the reception attendees had the option to take a streetcar to the “Ybor City Mojito Mambo,” a pub crawl through Tampa’s Latin Quarter.
Sessions began with talks by JoAnn Myer Valenti of Brigham Young University and Jeff Klinkenberg of the Tampa Bay Times. 40 total sessions ran Wednesday through Friday and included 146 talks and 28 poster presentations. Sessions featured topics such as aquatic plants, climate change, and water quality in addition to many others. Of local interest were sessions on springs management and Lake Okeechobee. The “Cooperation between Aquatic Professional Societies” session looked at ways to match the strengths of NALMS, the American Fisheries Society, and the Aquatic Plant Management Society to help better manage aquatic resources. The session produced a number of ideas to improve communication and cooperative efforts between the three groups.
The Exhibitors’ Reception and Poster Session on Wednesday evening offered attendees a chance to visit the exhibit booths and view posters. 34 runners and walkers enjoyed Thursday morning’s Clean Lakes Classic 5K Run/Walk which featured a route just outside of the hotel along the bay. With a time of 22:41, Ellen Preece took first place for women and Dan Peckham took first place for men and was the overall race winner with a time of 17:24. The Tampa Bay History Center hosted a reception on Thursday evening before attendees took a short stroll back to the hotel for the NALMS Awards Banquet. The Secchi Disk Award, our most celebrated award, went to Dennis Cooke, the first president of NALMS and Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences at Kent State University.
NALMS and the Florida Lake Management Society would like to thank all attendees as well as the organizations that sponsored and supported the 2014 symposium.
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