Leveraging Experience to Manage Diverse Lakes, Landscapes, and People

42nd International Symposium of the North American Lake Management Society

November 14–17, 2022 • Minneapolis, Minnesota

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.


Prospective Program

There will be technical workshops all day Monday, November 14. Beginning Tuesday, November 15, three days of presentations will be organized into themed tracks and sessions. We encourage oral and poster presentations on any aspect of lake and reservoir management, but especially invite valuable insights on the following:

  • Lake management spanning multiple years
  • Shallow lakes
  • Invasive species
  • Carp management
  • Wild rice
  • Waterfowl management
  • Integrated ecological management
  • Fisheries management
  • National Lakes Assessment
  • Harmful algal blooms
  • Remote sensing
  • Climate change
  • Public engagement in planning
  • Urban lakes/stormwater
  • Aquatic plant management
  • In-lake nutrient control
  • Linkage between lakes and watersheds
  • Deicing salt impacts and management

If you are interested in developing a special session on another topic, please contact the program committee chairs no later than April 14, 2022. Sessions should consist of at least 4 presentations, or 3 presentations and a panel discussion.


General Presentation Information

  • We will prioritize oral presentations that describe completed or well-advanced studies with lab and/or field data. We encourage presentations that also project future challenges and advances in lake management. However, we discourage presentations that solely describe future projects, or which do not include data. We will make special arrangements for exhibitor presentations and/or that consist primarily of vendor information.
  • NALMS does not endorse specific products or services. Thus, any poster or presentation must include disclosure(s) of any and all relevant relationship(s) with: i) any and all corporations or ii) commercial product(s), iii) method(s), and iv) trade or brand name(s). The submitted abstract of an oral or poster presentation that includes such disclosure(s) shall also include the following wording: “The author(s) of this abstract has/have a financial interest in the (insert i through iv, as applicable) described.”
  • We require PowerPoint files for all oral presentations. We will provide laptop computers and LCD projectors. Presentation computers will not have internet access or sound output available. Presentations should be prepared accordingly.
  • We discourage use of embedded video and audio files.
  • Oral presentations will be allotted 20 minutes, including time for questions.
  • All presenters are encouraged to provide a recorded version of their presentation prior to the conference. Recordings will be available to all attendees during the conference and for 6 months after the conference.
  • We expect this to be an in-person conference, but if you expect to have difficulty with in-person attendance and would still like to submit an abstract, please contact us at nalms2022@nalms.org.
  • We encourage abstract submissions for poster sessions. All posters will be displayed throughout the symposium in landscape format. Display areas will accommodate posters up to 4’ × 8’ (1.2 m × 2.4 m).
  • Students making oral or poster presentations as primary authors will be considered for student awards.
  • All presenters of accepted abstracts must register for the symposium no later than September 2, 2022. NALMS does not waive registration fees for presenters.


General Abstract Information

  • Abstracts are due by June 1, 2022 June 10, 2022. Abstracts received after the deadline may be rejected or reassigned from oral to poster presentations.
  • We accept abstracts only via the NALMS website. Abstracts must include the following information, as specified.
    • Title: Summarize accurately the subject of the presentation.
    • Authors: Provide names and affiliations of all authors. NOTE: Indicate if the primary author is a student so the presentation may be considered for student awards.
    • Text: 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; those in excess of 250 words may be truncated. Abstracts selected for either oral or poster presentations will be available to conference attendees.
    • Format: Indicate your presentation preference (oral, poster, or either).


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