LakeLine Magazine is the official publication for the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the understanding, protection and restoration of lakes, ponds, reservoirs and their watersheds. It is published quarterly as a medium for exchange and communication among all those interested in lake management.

Through LakeLine Magazine, NALMS brings its goals of grassroots public education, public policy, advocacy and scientific communication to a national readership comprised of all current NALMS members and government agencies such as the US Environmental Protection Agency. Each issue contains news, views and interesting information on lakes and reservoirs, and their watersheds and tributaries, from around your neighborhood and around the world.

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Each issue is focused upon a theme, usually on hot topics and pressing issues affecting lakes, reservoirs, and their management. The themes for the four 2018 issues are as follows:

  • Spring 2018: Dam Removal
    • Dam removal is becoming a more common event, and these projects are large, expensive and have many intended and unintended consequences. This issue will explore various elements related to dam removal, including ecological, financial, technical and regulatory aspects of such projects. An overview article will summarize the scope of dam removal projects, and some resources to be in tune with relative to dam removal projects.
  • Summer 2018: National Lake Assessment Data
    • At the NALMS Symposium in Colorado in 2017, several sessions were offered to showcase work that was done using data derived from the National Lake Assessment (NLA). Many of the talks that were given at that symposium will be highlighted in the summer issue of LakeLine, though additional articles related to utilization of NLA data are welcome.
  • Fall 2018: In-Lake [and/or] Watershed Management
    • Does it have to be one or the other? Should it be both? Is there really such a thing as a quick fix? How long does it really take to see the effects of what we do as lake managers and stewards? Recently there have been increasing conversations about the benefits of one approach versus the other when it comes to being good stewards and successful managers of our lakes and watersheds. What is our responsibility in evaluating all of the “tools in the toolbox” and implementing a combination approach to solving a problem? Can we sometimes get away with just managing in-lake problems, without addressing watershed inputs? Does it work to just focus on the watershed and assume the lake might fix itself without in-lake management?
  • Winter 2018: Why It Didn’t Work – Learning from Less Than Successful Management Projects
    • We often tend to focus on publishing papers or articles on success stories, but there is a lot to be learned from evaluating and sharing projects that may not have initially had the full or anticipated outcomes that we predicted in the planning phases. Do you have an in-lake or watershed-based project where Best Management Practices (BMPs) or other implementation measures did not work, or work well enough? What were the outcomes, and where is the project today?