Flood & Drought, Fire & Ice: Managing Lakes Under Changing Climates

44th International Symposium of the North American Lake Management Society

November 5–8, 2024 • South Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada

NALMS and the California Lake Management Society are pleased to invite you to join us at one of the world’s deepest and clearest lakes – Lake Tahoe. But like many lakes in the American West, Lake Tahoe also faces significant challenges, including increasing surface water temperatures, decreasing snowpack, increasing occurrence of cyanobacteria, wildfires, microplastics, and increased development and tourism in its watershed. These topics and more will be discussed during the conference, which will feature workshops, field trips, presentations, networking events, and vendor displays.

We encourage you to explore the Lake Tahoe region and its abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities before and after the conference. With many affordable lodging options, South Lake Tahoe and Stateline serve as a good starting point for your explorations. Average high temperatures in South Lake Tahoe during the conference period are in the low 50s F, but snow is bound to be nearby at higher elevations.


Prospective Program

There will be technical workshops all day Tuesday, November 5. Beginning Wednesday, November 6, 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:

  • HABs
  • Nutrients
  • Invasive Species
  • Monitoring and Remote Sensing
  • Oxygenation
  • Paleolimnology
  • Modeling and Mapping
  • Reservoirs and Dams
  • Dredging
  • Emerging Technology
  • Urban Lakes
  • Fisheries
  • Emerging Contaminants
  • Habitats and Wetlands
  • Source Water Protection
  • Climate Change Impacts and Management
  • Community Engagement
  • Regulations and Permitting
  • Lake Recreation Management
  • Any Other Lake-Related Topic


Special Sessions

If you are interested in developing a special session on another topic, please contact us at nalms2024@nalms.org no later than April 5, 2024. 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 projectors. Presentation computers are not guaranteed to have internet access or sound output available. Presentations should be prepared accordingly.
  • We discourage use of embedded video and audio files. Under no circumstances will presenters be allowed to go beyond their allotted time due to malfunctioning video or audio files.
  • Oral presentations will be allotted 20 minutes, including time for questions.
  • All presenters are highly 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 3 months after the conference.
  • 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 August 23, 2024. NALMS does not waive registration fees for presenters.


General Abstract Information

  • Abstracts are due by May 3, 2024. Abstracts received after the deadline may be rejected or reassigned from oral to poster presentations.
  • We accept abstracts only via the NALMS website (www.nalms.org/nalms2024). Abstracts must include the following information, as specified.
  • Title: Accurately summarize the subject of the presentation.
  • Keywords: Provide no more than three (3) one- or two-word keywords for your presentation such as ‘Alum’ or ‘Algal Toxin.’
  • 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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