Agenda subject to change.
Field trips available pending adequate signups.

Monday, November 6

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Tour

8:00 am – 1:00 pm | $65
Transportation and lunch included.
Tour participants must have a current Driver’s License, State ID, or Passport Identification for entrance into the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

This field trip begins at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, located in Golden, Colorado, and is the United States’ primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. You will have a two-hour guided tour of the Lab, followed by a trip to the iconic Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. Red Rocks Park is part of the Denver Mountain Park system and is open to the public. The natural amphitheater has hosted performances for more than 100 years including notable concerts by the Beatles, U2, and the Grateful Dead among many others.


USGS Ice Core Lab Tour

8:00 am – 1:00 pm | $50
Transportation and lunch included.
Tour participants must have a current Driver’s License, State ID, or Passport Identification for entrance into the Denver Federal Center.

The US National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL) is a government-owned facility on the grounds of the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, Colorado. NICL is housed administratively within the USGS, Core Science Systems Mission Area, which is responsible for all operational aspects of the facility.

NICL provides approximately 50,600 cubic feet of safeguarded freezer space, which is maintained at a temperature of -36°C for the storage of ice cores collected from the polar ice sheets and glaciers from around the world. NICL currently contains approximately 19,000 meters of ice cores collected mostly by scientists funded by the National Science Foundation. NICL also includes a series of cold examination rooms, staging and changing areas, as well as instruments and equipment for routine examination and processing of ice cores. NICL provides scientists with the capability to conduct examinations and measurements on ice cores, and it preserves the integrity of these ice cores in a long-term repository for future investigations.

Following the tour of the Ice Core Lab, participants will travel to the iconic Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. Red Rocks Park is part of the Denver Mountain Park system and is open to the public. The natural amphitheater has hosted performances for more than 100 years including notable concerts by the Beatles, U2, and the Grateful Dead among many others.


Tools for Water Quality Monitoring or Sondes and Suds

8:30 am – 5:00 pm | $35
Transportation included. Lunch on own.

Spend a day traveling along Colorado’s beautiful Front Range while learning about the manufacture and use of sensors for monitoring various water quality parameters. This all-day tour will visit OTT Hydromet and In-Situ, two leading manufacturers of sondes and sensors used to measure the health of lakes and streams. The tour will also visit with staff from the city of Westminster, who use a YSI profiling unit to monitor the reservoir that is the source of their drinking water. Participants will have time to compare and discuss the uses of different types of water quality sensors in different settings. Along the way, the group will stop for lunch, with the opportunity to sample craft beers.


Bear Creek Reservoir Tour

9:00 am – 3:00 pm | $65
Transportation and lunch included.

Bear Creek Reservoir is a 205-acre flood-control reservoir and is centered in Bear Creek Lake Park between three lakes in the foothills of Lakewood, 11 miles west of Denver. Biking, boating, fishing and camping are the main attractions of the park. The Army Corp of Engineers will be offering an inside guided tour of the Bear Creek Dam, which was the last of three dams built to protect the Denver-area from floods in 1982. A tour of the reservoir by pontoon boat will also be a possibility, weather permitting. Plan on spending most of the afternoon outside enjoying the mountain views, with boxed lunches provided.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Tour

9:00 am – 3:00 pm | $35
Transportation included. Lunch on own.
Tour participants must have a current Driver’s License, State ID, or Passport Identification for entrance into the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an American scientific agency within the United States Department of Commerce focused on the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere. NOAA services include climate predictions and projections; weather and water reports, forecasts and warnings; nautical charts and navigational information; and the continuous delivery of a range of Earth observations and scientific data sets for use by public, private, and academic sectors. You will spend 1 ½ hours touring the facility, from 10:00 – 11:30 am, at their local Boulder location. After the tour, you will have time on your own for lunch at the iconic Pearl Street Mall. The Pearl Street Mall is one of the most popular and beloved Boulder attractions, with hundreds of local stores, restaurants and breweries.


NALMS New Member Reception

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Are you a new NALMS member? Is this your first NALMS symposium? If so, please join us for a special welcome reception where you will have the opportunity to meet other first-timers, members of the NALMS Board of Directors and the Symposium Host Committee.


Brewery Tours

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm | $25
Sponsored by the Colorado Lake and Reservoir Management Association

Did you know that beer is kind of a big deal in Colorado? Well, experience it yourself with brewery tours organized by NALMS. We will be taking 100 people to a selection of three breweries in your choice of Denver or Boulder (selected during registration). Price includes transportation from the Westin to the breweries and one beer at each brewery. Additional beer can be purchased at the breweries and food and alcohol consumption is allowed on the bus. Sign up now! Availability is limited!

 

Tuesday, November 7

NALMS Membership Meeting

5:00 pm – 5:45 pm

All NALMS members are encouraged to attend and participate in our annual membership meeting.


Exhibitors’ Reception and Poster Session

5:45 pm – 7:00 pm

NALMS, the Local Host Committee and our exhibitors invite you to join us in kicking off the symposium and welcoming attendees to Denver. Take time to relax, view the poster displays and visit with the exhibitors and fellow attendees.


Euchre Tournament

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm | $5

Have you always wondered what the big deal was with the euchre card game in the hospitality rooms? Sign up for the first ever NALMS Euchre Tournament when you register for the Symposium. Beginners to experts are all welcome to play. This is a great time to learn the game, socialize with the experts (limnologists as well as euchre players), and enjoy the hospitality room. To understand how the tournament will work, check out www.euchrefun.com/2013/04/run-euchre-tournament.html.

 

Wednesday, November 8

Clean Lakes Classic

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | $30

The annual Clean Lakes Classic starts at mid-day from the Westin Westminster. The 5-kilometer run / walk takes participants on a route through Westminster City Park, located across the street from the Westin Westminster. You need not be a runner to participate! All pre-registered participants receive a t-shirt as part of the sign-up fee.


Awards Reception and Banquet

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Pre-Banquet Reception at the Butterfly Pavilion
Sponsored by GEI Consultants, Inc.

7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
NALMS Awards Banquet

Join us for a special evening of food, fellowship and recognition. NALMS’ Awards Reception & Banquet is the culmination of the Society’s year. Our evening begins with a reception at the Butterfly Pavilion, located a short walk from the Westin Westminster. The Butterfly Pavilion is the first stand-alone nonprofit invertebrate zoo in the nation and is home to over 5,000 animals including butterflies, insects and aquatic invertebrates. Be sure to pay a visit to Rosie the tarantula! Our evening at the Butterfly Pavilion will include light hors d’oeuvres and beverages featuring a selection of craft beer from the Denver-Boulder area.

Following the reception, attendees are invited to reconvene at the Westin Westminster to enjoy the banquet and the NALMS Awards program. Awards are presented for Leadership and Service, Advancements in Lake Management Technologies, and Lake Management Success Stories, along with our special recognition awards: Friends of NALMS, the Jim LaBounty Best Paper Award, Jim Flynn Award (outstanding corporation) and the Secchi Disk Award. Our most prestigious award, the Secchi Disk Award, honors the NALMS member who has made the most significant contributions to the goals and objectives of the Society.

 

Friday, November 10

Maintaining Water Quality in a High-Altitude Reservoir

8:30 am – 4:00 pm | $50
Trip is weather dependent. Transportation included. Lunch on own.

Take a trip up into the high country of Colorado and learn about the challenges of maintaining water quality in lovely Dillon Reservoir. Dillon is Denver Water’s largest storage reservoir and a key recreational asset in Summit County. Completed in 1963, the construction of this reservoir required relocating a small town. Maintaining its clear mountain appeal requires the cooperative work of multiple towns and agencies. Participants will hear from Lane Wyatt, coordinator for the Summit Water Quality Committee, on the many strategies employed by the SWQC to assure that Dillon meets standards imposed by the state of Colorado. These include an innovative phosphorus trading program, multiple commissioned routine and special studies, and promotion of BMPs on local construction sites.

Enjoy lunch at a local brewpub before the return trip to Denver.


Barr Lake Tour and BBQ

10:00 am – 2:00 pm | $50
Transportation and lunch included.

This is a great way to end the week. This special tour will take you to Barr Lake State Park to learn about the 100-year-old reservoir’s history. Barr Lake is known for its birds with more than 350 species of migratory and resident birds having been sighted in the park. The southern half of the lake is a wildlife refuge where bald eagles have been nesting for over 28 years. A barbecue lunch will be included at the newly-renovated Nature Center. Then for those that need a shuttle to the airport, the van can take people to Denver International Airport which is about 15 minutes from Barr Lake.