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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LakeLine Call for Articles

We're looking for articles to fill the summer and fall issues of LakeLine, based on the themes summarized below: Summer 2020: Back to Basics – This issue will cover a variety of topics related to the basics of lake and watershed management, function, biology/ecology, etc., to be a resource for our lake and watershed association members of NALMS. Topics could include basics of limnology, basics of watersheds and watershed management, functions and activities of lake and/or watershed associations, an article on common issues of concern for lake and watershed residents...

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Celebrate Earth Day the NALMS Way!

Restoring Living Shorelands "As gardeners and stewards of our land, we have never been so empowered to help save biodiversity from extinction, and the need to do so has never been so great. All we need to do is plant native plants!" - Dr. Douglas Tallamy, University of Delaware, Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology / NALMS 2019 Plenary Speaker You may be wondering, in these uncertain times, how you can safely and effectively celebrate Earth Day this year. To continue on the theme of our 2019 conference plenary speaker, Dr. Doug Tallamy, we'd like to ...

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[UPDATED] JLRM: COVID-19 Service Update

Print and distribution of journals to be resumed from 11th May We’re delighted to inform you that the print and distribution of our journals will be resumed from 11th May, with the first copies being dispatched by 18th May. We always wanted this to be the shortest pause possible, to avoid disruption to our customers and to support our print & distribution partners. After the resumption of print services, your members will receive print issues that are part of their subscription, although there may be a delay because some countries are still operating reduced ...

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