We are no longer accepting abstracts.

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Colorado’s water is used for fishing, drinking, farming, rafting, camping, mining, ranching, boating, snowmaking, brewing, and much more. All of these uses are supported with a statewide annual average of just 17 inches of rainfall. The lakes and reservoirs throughout the West and the Rockies do so much and finding balance in how we manage them is vital to meeting the ever-increasing demand for water.

Finding Balance is the key to managing our lakes, reservoirs, watersheds, and even day-to-day relationships with people. Come to Colorado in 2017 to hear some fascinating lake talks, see the mountains, and to hopefully find balance.

After 26 years, the Colorado Lake and Reservoir Management Association welcomes NALMS back to the headwaters state. Colorado is home to thousands of both natural alpine lakes and reservoirs across the state. We are proud of our mountains and appreciate the importance of our lakes and reservoirs. The conference will be held at the Westin Westminster, located between Denver and Boulder.


Preliminary Session Topics

We encourage the submission of papers or posters on any of the topics listed below or those addressing topics of broad interest to the lake and reservoir management community. If you are interested in developing a special session on another topic, please contact the program committee chairs no later than May 15, 2017. Sessions should consist of at least 4 presentations, or 3 presentations and a panel discussion.

Reservoir Management

Case Studies – both successful and less than successful

Mixing and Aeration Systems

Alum treatment

Harmful Algal Blooms

Drinking Water Treatment

Arid West Issues

Invasive Species

Inter-basin Water Transfers

Western Water Law

Watershed Management, including Wildfire Impacts and Acid Mine Drainage

Water Quality Monitoring

Climate Change Impacts

National Lakes Assessment

Citizen Science

Storm Water Impacts

Agricultural Uses

National Park Lakes and Reservoirs

Data Analysis and Innovative Visualization Techniques

Model Applications

Regulatory Framework

Communicating Lake Issues to Users and Other Stakeholders

African Lakes

Central and South American Lakes

Beersheds and Brewing



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 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 which do not contain actual data are discouraged. Special arrangements will be made for presentations from exhibitors and other presentations that consist primarily of vendor information.
  • 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 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 August 25, 2017 to ensure inclusion in the symposium program.


General Abstract Information

We are no longer accepting abstracts.
  • Abstracts are due by May 31, 2017 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.