NALMS at 40: Leveraging Experience to Manage Diverse Lakes, Landscapes and People

The Dakota (Sioux) homeland Mni Sóta Maķoce means “land where the waters reflect the clouds.” Nicknamed “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” Minnesota really has almost 12,000 inland basins covering at least 10 acres, but across the state, they are mostly rural and rather diverse. Deep, oligotrophic waters are typical in northeastern boreal forests near Superior, the world’s largest areal, freshwater lake. Shallow, hypereutrophic lakes predominate in southwestern agricultural plains.

With about 30 lakes and 700,000 residents within 64 square miles, the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul reflect some of the challenges of managing Minnesota’s urban landscapes. Generations of Dakota (Sioux) called the area’s largest and deepest lake Bdé Makhá Ská, but since the 1820s, it had been called Lake Calhoun. In 2018, the federal government officially restored the name, but the Minnesota Court of Appeals in 2019 reversed the state’s official designation of the indigenous name. Positioned in this nexus between Minnesota’s rural-urban diversities and past-future legacies, Minneapolis hosts the 2020 symposium that focuses on NALMS’ 40 years of experience. The Program Committee hopes this symposium not only reflects with 20/20 hindsight, but also predicts with 20/20 foresight!

Tentative Agenda at a Glance

Sunday, November 15
NALMS Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, November 16
Technical Workshops
Field Trips
Welcome to Minneapolis Reception

Tuesday, November 17
Opening Plenary Session
Technical Sessions
Exhibits Open
NALMS Membership Meeting
Exhibitors Reception

Wednesday, November 18
Clean Lakes Classic 5K
Technical Sessions
Exhibits Open
Poster Reception
NALMS Awards Reception

Thursday, November 19
Technical Sessions
Exhibits Open

Friday, November 20
Workshops
Field Trips