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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. In May 2020, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled “under Minnesota law, the body of water that was Lake Calhoun is now Bde Maka Ska.” Positioned in this nexus between Minnesota’s rural-urban diversities and past-future legacies, Minneapolis hosts the 2022 symposium that focuses on NALMS’ more than 40 years of experience.

Tentative Schedule

Monday, November 14
Field Trips
Welcome Event

Tuesday, November 15
Opening Plenary Session
Technical Sessions
Exhibits Open
NALMS Membership Meeting
Exhibitors’ Reception and Poster Session

Wednesday, November 16
Technical Sessions
Exhibits Open
Clean Lakes Classic 5K
NALMS Awards Event

Thursday, November 17
Technical Sessions
Exhibits Open

Contact Information

General Conference, Registration, Exhibitor & Sponsorship Information
NALMS Office • • 608-233-2836
NALMS Conference Coordinator
Sara Peel •
Host Committee Co-chairs
Joe Bischoff •
Nancy Schuldt •
Anne Wilkinson •
Program Co-chairs
Eric Macbeth •
Shahram Missaghi •
Sponsorship Co-chairs
Alyssa Anderson •
John Holz •
Dendy Lofton •