NALMS 35th International Symposium

Saratoga 2015 final logoNovember 17 – 20, 2015 • Saratoga Springs, New York
North American Lakes: Embracing Their History, Ensuring Their Future

In 2015 NALMS traveled to Saratoga Springs, New York for our 35th Annual Symposium. NALMS Affiliate member, the New York Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA), hosted the Symposium and attendees enjoyed the wonderful location and amenities of the Saratoga Hilton and the Saratoga Springs City Center. 492 attendees came from around the world to take part in workshops and presentations featuring both watershed and in-lake management and research efforts.


Workshops & Field Trips

The Symposium began on Tuesday with the following workshops:

  • Real Time Test Systems for Cyanotoxins
  • Zebra and Quagga Mussels – Key Elements of a Prevention, Early Detection, Rapid Response, and Management Plan
  • Collection, Identification, Ecology and Management of Freshwater Algae
  • GIS Applications for Water Resources Professionals
  • Lake and Pond Phosphorus Inactivation and Interception

Tuesday also featured a tour exploring of the Saratoga, Lake George and Lake Champlain region. The tour included a look at local lake management activities on Saratoga Lake, a cruise on Lake George and a trip to the Darrin Freshwater Institute to explore current efforts to make Lake George a global model for ecosystem understanding and protection.


Sessions & Events

As is our tradition, a new NALMS members and first time conference attendee reception followed the workshops on Tuesday Evening. Attendees also had the option to take in “A Taste of the Spa City,” a casual night on the town taking in several locations around the Broadway Historic District in downtown Saratoga Springs.

45 total sessions ran Wednesday through Friday and included 176 talks and 33 poster presentations. Sessions featured topics such as aquatic invasive plants, harmful algal blooms, lake management models, lake management tools, nutrient management, reservoir management, shoreline restoration and stormwater management in addition to many others. Wednesday featured an opening plenary session on the “Opportunities and Challenges – New York’s Lakes – From EPA’s Perspective,” by Seth Ausubel, Chief for New York Watershed Management, US Environmental Protection Agency. Thursday’s session began with a morning plenary featuring two talks.  Erick Tichnonuk, Deputy Director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum spoke about the “Water Highway of History: Lake Champlain and its Submerged Cultural Resources. And Scott Kishbaugh, Chief of the Lake Monitoring and Assessment Section of the New York State Department of Environment Conservation, spoke about “A Sketchy History of Lake Management in New York and the Adirondack Park.”

The Exhibitors’ Reception and Poster Session on Wednesday evening gave attendees an opportunity to view posters and visit with many exhibitors. 34 runners and walkers enjoyed the 2015 Clean Lakes Classic 5K Run/Walk held Thursday afternoon just outside of the hotel. With a time of 24:40, Anne Carroll took first place for women and Paul Gantzer took first place for men and was the overall race winner with a time of 18:49. The Canfield Casino and History Museum hosted a reception on Thursday evening before attendees took a short stroll or bus ride back to the hotel for the NALMS Awards Banquet. The Secchi Disk Award, our most celebrated award, went to Dr. Eugene Welch, one of a former NALMS President and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington.

2015 Symposium Exhibitors

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