Michigan Lakes and Streams Association

Michigan Lakes and Streams Association We support riparian associations as well as the collective and individual educational and conservation initiatives of our members which include lake associations, concerned citizens, commercial businesses as well as our partner nonprofit organizations.
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Michigan Lakes and Streams Association is a non-profit group dedicated to the inland lakes and streams of Michigan. The primary objectives of our organization is to educate riparians on timely lake issues and offer assistance to the many people who utilize and appreciate our precious water resources.

Michigan Lakes and Streams Association is a non-profit group dedicated to the inland lakes and streams of Michigan. The primary objectives of our organization is to educate riparians on timely lake issues and offer assistance to the many people who utilize and appreciate our precious water resources.

Mission: Michigan Lakes and Streams Association, Inc. is a non-profit, state-wide organization dedicated to the preservation, protection and wise management of Michigan’s vast treasure of inland lakes.

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Learn about Michigan’s lakes online from MSU Extension Registration for the award-winning Introduction to Lakes online c...
12/18/2020

Learn about Michigan’s lakes online from MSU Extension
Registration for the award-winning Introduction to Lakes online course is now open! The 6-week self-paced online course runs January 19 - March 26, 2021 and is designed for anyone interested in inland lakes, including lakefront property owners and lake managers. Course topics include lake ecology, watershed management, shoreline protection, Michigan water law, aquatic plants and community engagement. The course consists of video lectures, interactive activities, discussion forums, resources and live Ask-an-Expert webinars featuring Michigan State University Extension educators and experts from outside organizations.

Registration is open now through January 14, 2021. The cost of the course is $115 per person. Register by December 28, 2020 for an early bird price of $95 per person. To learn more and to register, visit the Introduction to Lakes website at www.canr.msu.edu/lakesonline.

Complete the course and receive a free 1 year membership to MLSA with subscription to The Michigan Riparian magazine!

Did you check out the latest NatGeo? Look for our friends at the Van Buren Conservation District.
12/17/2020

Did you check out the latest NatGeo? Look for our friends at the Van Buren Conservation District.

Take a peek inside the December 2020 issue of National Geographic magazine and you might see some familiar names! In the summer of 2019, a writer and photographer visited our area and interviewed Van Buren Conservation District staff and several local farmers for an article on the Great Lakes.

“We were excited to to share some of the positive work we’re doing that benefits both farms and water quality,” said Conservation Technician Colleen Forestieri. “We’re working with the University of Notre Dame to research the effectiveness of farm conservation practices, and that caught National Geographic’s eye. The Great Lakes are under a lot of stress, but we were able to show that there’s a lot being done to protect our beautiful lakes.”

Our Executive Director, Melissa DeSimone and Marcy Knoll-Wilmes from EGLE talk about MiCorps on SustainabiliME. Thanks t...
12/14/2020

Our Executive Director, Melissa DeSimone and Marcy Knoll-Wilmes from EGLE talk about MiCorps on SustainabiliME. Thanks to Kelly McElroy for having us on the show!

New Episode!🎧
Today I will be talking with Marcy Wilmes, Senior Aquatic Biologist from EGLE, and Melissa DeSimone, Executive Director of Michigan Lakes and Streams Association, about the Michigan Clean Water Corps, also known as MiCorps. Micorps is a network of volunteer water quality monitoring programs in Michigan. I absolutely love the volunteer aspect of this organization, because it allows anyone who is passionate about their favorite lakes and/or streams to get hands on experience learning about water quality while also providing very useful information.

Check out this episode on your podcast app or the link in our bio!

https://micorps.net

#sustainability #sustainabilime #ecopodcast #environmentalpodcast #cleanwater #micorps #puremichigan

We have plans to meet virtually to talk about issues in your region of Michigan. We have divided the state into sections...
12/14/2020

We have plans to meet virtually to talk about issues in your region of Michigan. We have divided the state into sections so you can choose the area you feel most connected to or come to them all!
Visit mymlsa.org for details
#michiganlakes #michiganwatersheds #lakesandstreams

Wow! Such a great response!
12/11/2020

Wow! Such a great response!

The Clean Boats, Clean Waters grant program is no longer taking applications. The program received many great proposals in the past week, and the total $20,000 available has been granted to several projects throughout Michigan. Thank you for applying!

Join us for our 60th Annual Conference celebrating 60 years of helping YOU to preserve and protect the inland waters of ...
12/11/2020

Join us for our 60th Annual Conference celebrating 60 years of helping YOU to preserve and protect the inland waters of Michigan.

Registration opens in early 2021, visit mymlsa.org for details. Contact [email protected] for sponsorship opportunities.

Grant Funding Available!Application deadline is February 19, 2021Passionate organizations dedicated to protecting Michig...
12/07/2020

Grant Funding Available!
Application deadline is February 19, 2021

Passionate organizations dedicated to protecting Michigan’s waters from aquatic invasive species can now apply for funding through the Clean Boats, Clean Waters program. This new grant program is for organizations interested in conducting outreach and education about aquatic invasive species to boaters. Eligible applicants include lake associations, watershed groups, local or tribal units of government and non-profits. Grants can be used for a variety of activities including signage, invasive species removal supplies such as plant removal tools, sponges and towels, and staff time to perform watercraft inspections and demonstrations of boat cleaning techniques. Funding requests can range from $1,000 to $3,000 and do not require local match or cost sharing. Up to $20,000 is available in 2021 through this new initiative. This opportunity is noncompetitive and complete applications will be funded in the order that they are received.
Grant applications are currently being accepted: micbcw.org

Happy Holidays from MLSA!We are grateful for you this holiday season and we want to wish you health and happiness as 202...
12/04/2020

Happy Holidays from MLSA!
We are grateful for you this holiday season and we want to wish you health and happiness as 2020 comes to a close. Thank you for your support this year. #grateful #michigan #lakesandstreams #supportnonprofits
** Need a last minute gift idea for the Riparian who has everything? Give the gift of MLSA membership or a subscription to The Michigan Riparian magazine! mymlsa.org

Will Riparians Enjoy a 'Lame' Lame Duck?By Paul J Sniadecki, MLSA Board DirectorAs lawmakers prepare to return for the l...
12/03/2020

Will Riparians Enjoy a 'Lame' Lame Duck?
By Paul J Sniadecki, MLSA Board Director
As lawmakers prepare to return for the last few weeks of session in December, the to-do list for the Legislature may not be as long as in the past.
Senate Majority Leader Mike Shikey is quoted as saying, “I hope I’m not jinxing us, but I believe this will be a very lame lame duck.” Governor Gretchen Whitmer has stated that one thing she and Mr. Shirkey agree on is the likelihood of a quiet lame duck. Read more at mymlsa.org/news

MLSA is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization that relies on your generous support to bring you the latest news in water cons...
12/01/2020

MLSA is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization that relies on your generous support to bring you the latest news in water conservation, to represent you on a statewide level with our partner organizations, and to advocate for lake and stream protections. Visit our website mymlsa.org to make a donation today!

We get a lot of questions about lot lines on the water, check out this throwback article by Attorney Cliff Bloom for som...
11/22/2020

We get a lot of questions about lot lines on the water, check out this throwback article by Attorney Cliff Bloom for some explanation.

Throwback Article:https://mi-riparian.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/2016-Fall-Attorney-Writes.pdf

November 17, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.Delicious but dangerous: Responding to the Michigan red swamp crayfish invasio...
11/11/2020

November 17, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Delicious but dangerous: Responding to the Michigan red swamp crayfish invasion
The newest crayfish invader in Michigan draws a spectrum of opinions. Although many associate red swamp crayfish with crawfish boils, they are also one of the world’s most widespread invasive crayfish species and can have a range of negative impacts. Join us to learn about the risks red swamp crayfish pose, the ongoing response efforts in Michigan and the research underway to improve control efforts.
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3303148843762023696

Recordings Available for Conserving Lakes in a Changing EnvironmentMichigan Inland Lakes Convention, September 16-18, 20...
11/09/2020
Convention

Recordings Available for Conserving Lakes in a Changing Environment
Michigan Inland Lakes Convention, September 16-18, 2020, video recordings are now available and are found on the Convention pages for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. If you missed the convention or there is a session you couldn't attend, check out the recordings to see what you might have missed. https://www.canr.msu.edu/michiganlakes/convention/

The Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership (MILP) is made up a broad range of organizations and agencies that have a common interest - protecting inland lakes.

MLSA Secretary Lon Nordeen weighs the impact of SB 431 and encourages you to do the same: https://mymlsa.org/senate-bill...
11/04/2020
Senate Bill 431 | Michigan Lakes & Streams Association, INC

MLSA Secretary Lon Nordeen weighs the impact of SB 431 and encourages you to do the same: https://mymlsa.org/senate-bill-431/

Senate Bill 431 |Published on: Nov 2, 2020|| Riparians concerned about potential impact of Michigan Senate Bill 431 on local zoning control in Michigan by Lon Nordeen, MLSA Board Secretary SB431 was sponsored by Sen. Adam Hollier (D-District 2). The bill has passed out of committee review and has go...

MiCorps CLMP UpdateWork is underway to kick off this sorely missed program for the 2021 season. Please check back with u...
11/02/2020

MiCorps CLMP Update
Work is underway to kick off this sorely missed program for the 2021 season. Please check back with us later this year for details about registration and data you may be holding on to from 2020. You may also be interested in the Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program and the Volunteer Stream Clean Up Programs too, MiCorps does it all. We are working on some exciting enhancements and will have everything ready in early 2021. We are as eager to get going again as you are and we will have more information soon! https://micorps.net

❤️ Michigan
10/26/2020

❤️ Michigan

Did your boating access site get a paint job this summer? DNR staff have been stenciling paved access sites. Approximate...
10/21/2020

Did your boating access site get a paint job this summer? DNR staff have been stenciling paved access sites. Approximately 57% of paved sites have been stenciled so far around the state. It is anticipated that more sites will be done this fall as boater usage goes down so you may see the stencil at your site soon!

Southwest Michigan (Region 3) will host their Fall Seminar tonight from 6:30pm-8:30pm via Zoom. Guest speakers Jo Latimo...
10/14/2020

Southwest Michigan (Region 3) will host their Fall Seminar tonight from 6:30pm-8:30pm via Zoom. Guest speakers Jo Latimore (MSU) and Matt Diana (DNR) will be covering what's new in AIS control, DNR fisheries management, and other related topics.
Email [email protected] for more information.

Michigan Lakes and Streams Association's cover photo
10/13/2020

Michigan Lakes and Streams Association's cover photo

The Black Lake Preservation Society is a nonprofit partner of MLSA and they are doing some interesting and tech savvy wo...
10/12/2020

The Black Lake Preservation Society is a nonprofit partner of MLSA and they are doing some interesting and tech savvy work for their lake. Check out their webpage to see this exciting approach to lake monitoring and keeping their residents engaged in water quality: https://www.blacklakepreservationsociety.org/eyes-on-the-lake.html #blacklakemichigan

Invasive species pose a threat to Michigan’s environment, economy, and sometimes even human health. This webinar series ...
10/07/2020
EGLE - NotMISpecies Webinar Series

Invasive species pose a threat to Michigan’s environment, economy, and sometimes even human health. This webinar series will explore how agencies, universities and locally led organizations are working together to protect Michigan’s natural resources through the Michigan Invasive Species Program. If you are concerned about the impacts of invasive species or interested in the techniques used to control them, this series is for you! The first webinar is Thursday, October 22nd at 9am - Responding to the threat of invasive grass carp in Lake Erie: How science focuses action https://www.michigan.gov/egle/0,9429,7-135-3308_3333-539592--,00.html

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CLMP (Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program) is back for 2021, visit micorps.net for information about the program and to...
10/01/2020

CLMP (Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program) is back for 2021, visit micorps.net for information about the program and to sign up for updates. The MiCorps site will be updated with enrollment and training information as soon as it is available. #michiganlakes #waterquality #egle #msuext #hrwc

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Michigan Lakes & Streams Association is lead by a Board of Directors from around the state of Michigan. MLSA has held annual conferences since its inception in 1961. In March of 1991, ML&SA held the first of 11 Regional Seminars that were held during that year. The Annual Conference was moved from the fall to the spring in 1995, and spring seminars were moved to the fall. It was felt by members of the MLSA Board that there would be greater carry-over of the enthusiasm and application of the ideas generated, into lake projects and activities. The spring conference has also generated a greater response from businesses and corporations who exhibit their services and products for waterfront homeowners.

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l961 Dr. Clifford R. Humphrys, Professor of Resource Development at Michigan State University, invited representatives of about 40 lake associations and representatives of State and Federal agencies to attend a discussion of lake problems of inland lakes. Forty problems of inland lakes were identified but only 5 had high agreement. They were: Aquatic Plant Control Water Quality Lake Level Control Beach Improvement Poor Fishing The subsequent discussion period emphasized the fact that several lake associations had successfully solved their problems but many had failed. It appeared obvious that the success stories, if publicized, would help other associations. It was also obvious that a State Association of local lake and stream associations could best meet this need. As an outcome of this meeting, MICHIGAN LAKE AND STREAMS ASSOCIATIONS was formed. Five years later (l966) the organization had grown to 52 local lake association members. Forest A. Smith of East Lansing was elected the first president of this fledgling organization. Herschel B. Rochelle of Hastings was elected president for l964 and l965. Henry Westerville of Portage was elected president in l966 and held that office through l972. Other persons who have served the organization during the next twenty years were: Sandra Mriscin, Wayne Clark, Paul Clark, Cecile Harbour, Robert McAlpine, Bonnie Van Ness ,John Forester, Kevin Walters, and Ray Bier Jr., Sue Vomish, Dick Morey, and our current president is Mike Gallagher of Gull Lake.

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THE GRAND RIVER EXPEDITION 2020, July 5-18 About the Expedition The Expedition is a 13-day public journey of discovery and celebration of Michigan's longest river. The Grand runs 262 miles from northern Hillsdale County to Lake Michigan at Grand Haven, flowing through 22 cities and villages, including the Capitol City of Lansing and Michigan’s second largest city, Grand Rapids. Michigan’s second largest, and most populous, watershed includes 18 counties and 158 townships, with a population over one and a-half million. The Middle Grand River Organization of Watersheds (MGROW), in partnership with the Upper Grand River Watershed Alliance (UGRWA) and the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds (LGROW) are the Expedition organizers, with help from numerous communities, clubs, businesses, and individuals along the banks of the Grand River from Jackson to Grand Haven. A party of canoeists and kayakers will paddle down 230 miles of Michigan’s Grand River from Jackson to Grand Haven. As in past Expeditions, some paddlers will make the entire trip, camping along the way, while others will paddle shorter stretches. Previous participants included scientists, historians, educators, students, environmental professionals, civic and business leaders, government representatives, writers, photographers, filmmakers, and paddlers ranging in age from 12 to 85. The Expedition Features • a focus on the communities along the river, with educational activities for paddlers and non-paddlers • a celebration of Michigan DNR’s designation of the Upper and Middle sections of the Grand as Michigan Water Trails • day trip opportunities for casual paddlers and local leaders to paddle with the Expedition • professional water quality monitoring to obtain data for future comparison • a comprehensive communications plan to publicize the Expedition throughout the 262-mile Grand River corridor and statewide • adventure, learning, and camaraderie for anyone who is passionate about our rivers and their role in our changing landscape. 2020 will be the fourth Grand River Expedition since the legendary paddler Verlen Kruger first launched the event in 1990. Verlen was the Rivermaster for the second Expedition in 2000. The 2010 event carried on his legacy, and once again we’ll honor his memory in 2020. ​Itinerary - Sunday, July 5 – afternoon headwaters tour (optional) with opening ceremonies and pre-launch camping at Vandercook Lake Park near Jackson (dinner included) - Monday, July 6 – launch from Vandercook Lake - Friday, July 17 – camping and closing ceremonies at Connor Bayou near Grand Haven - Saturday morning, July 18 – short paddle to Ferrysburg, quick load-and-go at Ottawa Sands County Park Options Cost is $295 for the full trip, including meals, camping, and gear transport downriver from campsite to campsite. In addition to the full 13-day expedition, we will be offering opportunities for day paddlers and special 3-day, 2-night packages. More details will be announced soon. Not interested in paddling? Consider volunteering or joining us for an evening presentation! ​We’ll be announcing the full schedule in the near future to those who have signed up for the GRE2020 email list. Please fill out the GRE2020 contact form to receive updates or register for the full expedition at https://www.mgrow.org/grand-river-expedition.
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