Our Ethics

NALMS supports all members and event attendees in practicing and communicating high-quality lake and watershed management science.  Guidelines for professional ethics and conduct are provided below.

Code of Professional Ethics

Revised 30 September 2019

This Code of Professional Ethics (Code) provides guiding principles of conduct for all members of the North American Lake Management Society (Society) and all Lake Managers and Lake Professionals, including provisional, certified by the Society. It is the desire and purpose of the Society to support and encourage the responsible management of, research of and education about lakes and lake management. Towards these ends, this Code is intended to further these goals through the open and honest communication of knowledge; to assure appropriate accessibility of accurate and reliable information to employers, policy makers, and the public; and to encourage effective education and training in the science of lake management. Individuals aware of breaches of this Code are encouraged to communicate with the Society’s Ethics Committee or Board of Directors who will explain the Code and process.

Code of Conduct

Revised 28 September 2020

The North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) commits to promote a welcoming environment while fulfilling our mission of forging partnerships among citizens, scientists, and professionals to foster the management and protection of lakes, reservoirs and their watersheds. We intend to do this during all operations, which includes the annual NALMS symposium, by fostering environments that are safe, collaborative, supportive, and productive for all members and attendees, including sponsors, exhibitors, guests of members, invited speakers, and members of the media. We intend to conduct our business in a fair, honest, and ethical manner that values the diversity of views, expertise, opinions, backgrounds, and experiences reflected among our membership and all conference and event attendees.

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to abide by the following code of conduct. Organizers will be available for those that need to report an incident or concern. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone.

Ethics Committee

Committee Chairs: Julie Chambers & Chris Mikolajczyk – click to contact!

Objective: to raise awareness about the NALMS Codes of Conduct and Professional Ethics. The Ethics Committee promotes the NALMS mission by fostering environments that are safe, collaborative, and productive for all members and event attendees. The Committee also supports NALMS members and event attendees in addressing missteps related to the Codes. To respect the need for confidentiality, issues are discussed in general terms during Committee meetings. Subcommittees consider details of specific situations and develop recommendations for responses. The Ethics Committee provides regular high-level updates to the NALMS Board.