Michael has extensive experience in water resource management, including lake and watershed monitoring and restoration, environmental education, environmental permitting, aquatic plant and aquatic invasive species management, algal identification and control, environmental habitat and impact assessment, wetland delineation, wetland design and restoration, and the development of environmental resource geographic information systems. He has collected, analyzed, and interpreted water quality data and developed and implemented long term lake and watershed monitoring and management programs on hundreds of lakes and ponds throughout New York, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia, and Indiana. He specializes in the statistical analysis of long-term water quality trends in lakes, streams, and watersheds, as well as watershed and water quality response modeling and the development of TMDLs and numeric nutrient criteria.
Michael Martin has a well-rounded background in environmental management, including extensive experience in lake and watershed management, environmental education, environmental permitting, aquatic plant management, aquatic invasive species management, stewardship and impact assessment, wetland delineation, wetland design and restoration, and geographic information systems. He began his career as an Environmental Biologist for the State of New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services, served as Manager of the Water Quality Group for F. X. Browne, Inc., and was the founding Executive Director of the Adirondack Aquatic Institute at Paul Smith’s College. Since 1984, he has collected, analyzed, and interpreted water quality data and developed/implemented long term lake and watershed management programs on hundreds of lakes and ponds throughout New York, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia, and Indiana.
Mr. Martin has extensive experience with aquatic invasive species management, including statewide programs and the development of comprehensive lakewide management programs. His recent Macrophyte Management Strategy for 15,000 Chautauqua Lake (NY) involved identifying and analyzing aquatic plant densities, critical environmental habitat, rare/threatened/endangered species, human use zones and patterns, ultimately ranking conflicts between human use, environmental features and aquatic plants to create a comprehensive, zone-based management strategy.
Mr. Martin also has extensive experience in watershed and water quality response modeling in NY, NJ, PA and IN. He has examined the effect of land use, proposed development, watershed build-out, and Ag BMPs on water quality in target lakes. He specializes in the analysis of large environmental databases, the creation of environmental GIS and the statistical analysis of long-term trends over large areas. He has been a consultant to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, examining their use of copper sulfate to control algae in the aqueduct that runs from Mono Lake 400 miles to Los Angeles as part of their FERC relicensing. He served as president of the North American Lake Management Society. Mr. Martin is experienced in the design of environmental databases, the design and management of lake and watershed diagnostic feasibility studies, the development of lake and watershed management plans, the development of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the creation of natural resource inventories using GIS, the delineation of wetlands, algal identification, and water quality modeling. He is the author of over 50 publications and reports on lake and watershed management, lake restoration, and the effects of acid precipitation.