Watershed Moments: Harnessing Data, Science, and Local Knowledge to Protect Lakes

Vermont is home to more than 800 stunning lakes and ponds, including Lake Champlain, an aquatic gem we are fortunate to share with New York and Quebec. There is no better place to celebrate the partnership between local knowledge and scientific innovation than this lake that unites three borders. Burlington is a thriving and progressive small city, home to the University of Vermont, endless locally-sourced dining options, and a pedestrian-friendly waterfront. Visitors will enjoy scenic beauty and a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. Inside we will have workshops for citizen scientists and decision makers on Sunday, November 10 and technical workshops for all on Monday, November 11, followed by 3 days of presentations organized into themed tracks and sessions.


Preliminary Session Topics

We are working this year to encompass a broader range of lake management topics, integrating considerable program elements for citizen scientists as well as reflecting new advances on the technical side of lake management. We encourage the submission of papers or posters on any aspect of lake and reservoir management but are especially interested in valuable insights on the following topics:

Regional monitoring and research networks

Volunteer monitoring and planning efforts

Sensors and remote monitoring

All aspects of harmful algal blooms

Impacts and control of invasive species

Climate change issues and preparedness

Extreme event impacts and resilience plans

National Lake Assessment insights

Working with large and long-term data sets

Implementing nature-based solutions

Applying traditional/local knowledge in projects

Shoreland protection and restoration

Lake-oriented legislation and policies

Using paleolimnology in lake management

Impact and management of salt use

Water supply management

Watershed management successes

All forms of in-lake nutrient control

Linkage between lakes and watersheds

Assessing and managing large lakes



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 unless the relationship is clearly stated from the start.
  • 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 30, 2019 to ensure inclusion in the symposium program.


General Abstract Information

  • Abstracts are due by May 17, 2019 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 might not be accepted and may be subject to a change between verbal and poster presentation.
  • Submittal: Submit abstracts 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.
  • Text: Abstract should state the purpose, significant findings and main conclusions of the work. Avoid statements like “Results will be presented“ and “Implications will be discussed”; provide a concise summary of results and implications. 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 available to attendees.
  • 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.