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Science to Stewardship: Balancing Economic Growth and Lake Sustainability

There may be no locale more appropriate to host a discussion on the impact of development on natural spaces than Banff National Park, Alberta. Established in 1885, Banff is Canada’s first national park. Hosting millions of visitors annually, Banff exemplifies the need for a sustainable balance between economic development and conservation. Alberta has undergone significant landscape change during the last hundred years. Intact ecosystems have been altered by rapid population growth and a thriving natural resource-based economy. However, there is a strong desire to improve lake management in Alberta, and the Alberta Lake Management Society celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. We invite you to join us at the 2016 NALMS Symposium to help us celebrate, explore the area, and engage in discussions about science, stewardship and finding a balance between the environment, economy and social goals in lake management.

The 2016 NALMS Symposium will be at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, the same venue as the 1998 NALMS Symposium. Attendees and their guests will again enjoy the vast natural splendour of the region and time spent at the historic “Castle in the Rockies”. They will have the opportunity to participate in field tours, a hot springs night, shopping, museums and other attractions in the picturesque town site, only a short walk from the conference venue. There is a wide range of other activities in the region including late season hiking, sightseeing and films at the International Banff Mountain Film Festival (Oct 29-Nov 6, 2016).

The Canadian dollar is currently at its lowest point in over a decade relative to the US dollar, and attendees from outside of Canada could have affordable access to a world famous destination. US citizens entering Canada now need a passport, and the latest travel requirements for all countries can be viewed at www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/apply-who.asp. Please allow enough time to meet these requirements. Banff is 1.5 h by shuttle bus or taxi from Calgary International Airport, which is served by a wide range of major airlines.

Preliminary Session Topics

We encourage the submission of abstracts for papers or posters on any of the topics listed below, or abstracts that address topics of broad interest to the lake and reservoir management community. These session titles are preliminary only, and subject to change. If you are interested in developing a specific session not listed below, please contact the program co-chairs no later than March 30, 2016. Sessions should consist of at least 4 presentations, or 3 presentations and a panel discussion.

Aquatic Invasive Species

  • Early Detection of Aquatic Invasive Species and Emergency Response
  • Curbing the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species – The Role of Outreach, Partnerships & Policy
  • The Westward Spread of Dreissenid Mussels
  • Control Strategies for Aquatic Invasive Plants
  • Dealing with Flowering Rush Infestations
  • Control Strategies for Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Emerging Technologies & Innovation in Aquatic Invasive Species Management
  • Water Use and Infrastructure Concerns for Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Non-native Fish Impacts & Management
  • Investing in Prevention of Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Aquatic Invasive Cyanobacteria

Water Quality and Limnology

  • Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins: Causes and Control
  • Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins: Occurrence and Monitoring
  • Rapid Detection of Cyanotoxins
  • Paleolimnology 1: Understanding Multiple Stressor Effects on Lakes
  • Paleolimnology 2: Applications for Lake Management
  • Paleolimnology 3: Novel Approaches to Obtain Lake Histories
  • Ecology of Shallow Lakes
  • Water Quality Monitoring Methods
  • Arctic and Alpine Lakes
  • Fish ecology
  • Lake Eutrophication
  • Microplastics in aquatic ecosystems
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Lake and Watershed Management

  • Building Novel Lake Ecosystems in the Oil Sands Region
  • Wetland Restoration
  • Adaptive Lake Management
  • Phoslock Application and Case Studies
  • Hypolimnetic Withdrawal Systems
  • Community-based Lake and Watershed Stewardship
  • Citizen Science – Lake Monitoring Protocols
  • Citizen Science – Data Management and Analysis
  • Management of Treatment Lakes and Wetlands
  • Integrated Watershed Planning
  • Pigeon Lake Case Study – Watershed and Cumulative effects
  • Contaminated Sites and Spills: Cleanup and Response
  • Progress in Irrigation and Water Use Efficiency in Alberta
  • Case Studies in Artificial Lake Mixing
  • Lake of the Woods Region
  • Regulatory Progress and Regional Planning
  • Valuing Ecosystem Services
  • Ecosystem Resiliency Program
  • Management of First Nations Land and Water
  • Impacts of Recreational Lake Use on Human Health

General Presentation Information

PowerPoint files will be required for all oral presentations to ensure compatibility. Laptop computers and LCD projectors will be provided. Presentation computers will not have internet access or sound output available.

The use of embedded video and audio files is discouraged.

Oral presentations will be allotted 20 minutes, including time for introductions and questions.

The Program Committee will give preference to requests for oral presentations that describe completed or well-advanced studies which present actual lab or field data. Presentations which describe future projects or those lacking actual data are discouraged.

NALMS does not endorse specific products or services. Therefore, papers presented by individuals representing corporations or projects conducted by corporations should avoid the use of trade or brand names and refer to the products or services by a generic descriptor.

Abstract submissions for poster sessions are encouraged. All posters will be displayed throughout the entire symposium and will be featured in the exhibit hall and refreshment area. Poster boards will be in landscape format and will accommodate posters up to 4’ × 8’ (1.2 m × 2.4 m).

Students presenting oral papers or posters as primary authors will be considered for monetary awards.

All presenters of accepted abstracts must register for the symposium. The NALMS Office must receive registration and payment no later than September 2, 2016 to ensure inclusion in the symposium program.

General Abstract Information

Abstracts are due by May 6, 2016 May 20, 2016 and must contain the following information in the specified format.

Only submissions via the NALMS website will be accepted. Abstracts received after the submission deadline, if accepted, may be relegated to poster presentations regardless of the presenter’s preference.

Submittal: Submit abstract via NALMS’ online submission system by visiting www.nalms.org.

Title: Should accurately summarize the subject of the proposed presentation.

Authors: Provide names and affiliations of all authors including address, phone number & email address.

Text: Abstract should state the purpose, significant findings and main conclusions of the work. Abstracts must not exceed 250 words. Abstracts in excess of 250 words may be truncated. Abstracts selected for either oral or poster presentations will be published in the Final Program.

Format: Indicate the type of presentation you prefer (Oral, Poster, Either or Both).

Students: Please indicate if the primary author is a student so that the presentation may be considered for student awards.

Sample Abstract

Planning for Success at Pine Lake, Alberta

Al Sosiak
Alberta Environment, 3rd Flr., 2938-11 St., NE, Calgary, AB, Canada T2E 7L7, (403) 297-5921, Al.Sosiak@gov.ab.ca

Pine Lake is a small intermittently-stratified, eutrophic lake southeast of Red Deer, Alberta. Pine Lake was subject to severe cyanobacterial blooms. Public concern over deteriorating water quality prompted the Alberta government to initiate a lake restoration program in 1991.

The Pine Lake Restoration Society, an organization with representatives from the farming, commercial resort, and cottage communities, implemented a four-year work plan of watershed projects and in-lake treatment (hypolimnetic withdrawal) that addressed nutrient loading from all sources in 1995. This plan was developed following a diagnostic study that identified key internal and external phosphorus loading sources, an evaluation of in-lake treatment alternatives and use of paleolimnology to develop a goal for the restoration program of restoring the lake to a natural level of algal productivity, expressed in their slogan: “Returning to 1900 by 2000”. The plan was effectively implemented because all community groups were involved in the process, the society had great success at fundraising, practical leadership from the community, and worked well with all levels of government.

Dissolved phosphorus and nitrate+nitrite have decreased in Pine Lake since 1996, and dissolved oxygen concentrations have generally improved in winter. In 2000 alone, chlorophyll a approached the goal of the restoration program. However, since then blooms have occurred during unusually wet years. Although the ambitious phosphorus objective has not been met, the restoration program has resulted in tangible improvements in lake water quality. Furthermore, the plan was successfully implemented and has provided a model for lake management by community stewardship groups in Alberta.