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The Ohio Lake Management and Indiana Lakes Management societies are excited to welcome NALMS to the Midwest’s “Queen City,” Cincinnati, Ohio. On the shores of the mighty Ohio, the river was impounded to serve modern navigation; those impoundments now function like a series of lakes. Cincinnati is also home to a burgeoning craft-brewery industry that is certain to be one focus for conference outings. With Thomas More College’s field station, active urban reservoir projects, and Environmental Protection Agency research facilities nearby, we’ll find plenty to see, do, learn. Our region is also bordered by the Great Lakes to the north, and our conference theme is well served by recent cutting-edge efforts to understand and mitigate western Lake Erie’s press-grabbing eutrophication issues.

Join us at one of the nation’s most opulent masterpieces of art-deco architecture, the award-winning Hilton Netherland Plaza, a short walk from sessions at the convention center.


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 11, 2018 June 1, 2018. Sessions should consist of at least 4 presentations, or 3 presentations and a panel discussion.

Monitoring Technologies

Autonomous Sampling

Remote Sensing

Large Data Sets

Toxins in Source Waters

Nutrient and Water-quality Management

Utilizing Citizen Science

National Lakes Assessment

Harmful Algal Blooms

Great Lakes

Inter-basin Water Management

Combating Invasive Species

Riverine Impoundments as Lakes

Environmental DNA

Geospatial Applications



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 and NALMS does not waive registration fees for presenters. The NALMS Office must receive registration and payment no later than August 17, 2018 to ensure inclusion in the symposium program.


General Abstract Information

  • Abstracts are due by May 11, 2018 June 1, 2018 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 abstracts via NALMS’ online submission system by visiting
  • Title: Should accurately summarize the subject of the proposed presentation.
  • Authors: Provide names and affiliations of all authors.
  • 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.