World’s Leading Aquatic Scientific Societies Urgently Call for Cuts to Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Dire consequences for freshwater and marine resources without significant and fast action Bethesda, MD (September 14, 2020) In an unprecedented statement released today, the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) joined forces with 111 aquatic scientific societies representing more than 80,000 scientists across the world to sound a climate change alarm.  The societies call for drastically curtailed global greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the worst impacts of man-made climate change to fish and aquatic ecosystems. Unless urgent action is taken to reduce ...

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NALMS 2020 Election Candidates

The 2020 election for officers and directors is underway. Voting in the annual election is an important way for NALMS members to provide input in the management of the Society. Our officers and directors are all volunteers who serve without pay. All members may vote for President-Elect and Secretary. The President-Elect serves for one year in that position after which he or she serves as President for one year and Past-President for one year. The Secretary serves for two years and may succeed themselves for one additional term. Members may also vote for a ...

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2020 Secchi Dip-In Update

With support from a USEPA Exchange Network grant, NALMS partnered with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, Gold Systems, and Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies to upgrade the Secchi Dip-In database using the Ambient Water Quality Monitoring System (AWQMS) and Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) Lake Observer mobile app. These existing data entry and database management tools have been customized for Dip-In use and to make data publicly available through the AWQMS database, USEPA’s Water Quality Exchange (WQX), and the Water Quality Portal (WQP), a water ...

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NALMS Affiliate News – May / June 2020

Florida Lake Management Society FLMS 31st Annual Symposium Update After much discussion and input from our members, it is with a heavy heart that we announce we will not be holding our 31st annual symposium in person. But that doesn't mean we won't see you! Your Board is currently working on a plan to roll out our usual technical sessions and workshops as individual webinars. We will also hold our annual business meeting for all members on August 26 in order to swear in our new Board of Directors and announce this year's Awards of Excellence. Stay tuned for details and ...

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President’s Message — May / June 2020

Perry Thomas, NALMS President As the 2020 summer solstice passes, NALMS is responding to new challenges, while keeping an eye on the organization’s bottom line. So far, so good, thanks to teamwork by our staff, conference host committees, board, and larger membership. The Minnesota Host Committee, co-chaired by Anne Wilkinson, Joe Bischoff, and Nancy Schuldt, navigated shifting winds of pandemic precautions during the spring and ultimately decided to postpone their face-to-face NALMS Symposium until 2022. Conference Committee co-chairs Dendy Lofton and Chris Doyle ...

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2020 Election: Call for Board Nominations

Nominations for 2020 Election are being accepted at this time! NALMS is seeking candidates that will add diversity and breadth to the Board and its committees. You could become a nominee for a position on the NALMS Board of Directors, to take a more active role in steering the direction of activities that relate to these precious resources. Experience or training in lake management is not required for a board position, and we encourage candidates with expertise in nonprofit management, leadership development, marketing, fundraising, legal issues and membership growth ...

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NALMS Statement on Racism and Equality

Dear NALMS members and friends, During the past week, NALMS' leadership collaborated in writing the following statement. Yesterday, during the June Board of Directors Meeting, members recognized the need to form a Diversity Task Force. We invite NALMS members, partners, and the broader lake management community to read this statement and learn more about our plans for action steps. We will follow up next week with additional resources from NALMS. If anyone is interested in joining the Task Force or sharing ideas, feel free to reach out to me or to the Task Force ...

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RESULTS: Lakes Appreciation Poster Contest

July has been Lakes Appreciation Month for the past 22 years. This spring, we invited elementary, middle, and high school students to submit posters reflecting on how important lakes are to all of us. Submitted artwork will be a big part of NALMS’ celebrations through July. With nearly 60 entries, our volunteer judges had a tough job deciding our three winners (one per grade category). Entries were judged on creativity and originality, how well they represented Lakes Appreciation Month, and overall presentation. We are excited to share the results with you! Thank ...

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President’s Message — March/ April 2020

Perry Thomas, NALMS President As April draws to a close, the executive committee can share a couple of silver linings found within the pandemic cloud. Before we do, though, we want to extend our heartfelt appreciation to organizers of the 2020 Symposium in Minnesota. Together with them, we are in a holding pattern as we await input from NALMS members and the meeting venue regarding how best to proceed. By June 1, we all expect to know more about what will be possible, given the need to protect the health of all participants. Updates will be posted on the Symposium ...

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COVID-19 and Water

What we know as of April 15, 2020 As the number of reported COVID-19 cases continues to increase across North America, NALMS’ staff and Executive Committee have received questions about the fate of the novel coronavirus in waterways. We are monitoring relevant research findings. So far, most of the information available is specific to drinking water and wastewater. At this time, there is agreement in the public health community that the new coronavirus responds to the same kinds of washing and disinfection treatments used to combat related viruses, such as ...

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