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.
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.
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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 the current president is Mike Gallagher of Richland, Michigan.

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.

12/03/2019

It's #GivingTuesday!

Tis the season for "2019 end-of-year" tax deductible donations to 501c3 charitable organizations. MLSA is an IRS approved 501c3 Non-Profit Educational Organization. Please consider making a potential tax-deductible contribution to our mission today. Your generous gift will go toward on-the-ground stewardship work for inland lakes and streams.

If you are 70.5 or older: Consider the significant tax benefits of a Qualified Charitable Deduction (QCD) to MLSA as part of your qualified retirement account's Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). Your direct gift to MLSA would not be taxed and the full gift amount would be used to support our many programs helping inland lakes and streams.

Please help—donate by December 31 to make the biggest difference!

11/28/2019
11/26/2019
PBS

This topic is and should be getting a lot of attention!

The oceans are swimming with it, our landfills are clogged with it — and it floats in the air we breathe. Explore the past, present and future of plastic when PBS NewsHour presents "The Plastic Problem" on Wed, Nov 27 at 10/9c.

Thank you to the over 140 Michigan lakes who have responded to our Aquatic Invasive Species Survey! We have already rece...
11/24/2019
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Survey

Thank you to the over 140 Michigan lakes who have responded to our Aquatic Invasive Species Survey!
We have already received some staggering data.

- More than 70% of the lakes that responded are treating for AIS.
- A total of $2.1 million was spent in 2018 by these lakes.
- On average each lake spent over $22,000 on AIS treatment last year.

We want EVERY LAKE IN MICHIGAN to participate, if you have not already done so, please complete our survey today!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScmTujLJFl8GGQno0stt0tN7P0OutNZFl7K9ulJypwB5uk3ag/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please take a moment to complete the following questions about your lake's AIS treatment practices. MLSA will use this information to help inform our talks with government agencies about how much our lakes currently invest in AIS control.

11/23/2019

A Bridge that Made Waves
By Paul J Sniadecki, MLSA Board Director

The summer of 2019 saw a large bridge installed on Lobdell Lake in Argentine Township near Fenton, MI. The bridge owner connected a private lakefront property off of Whitehead Drive to the property owner’s island in the lake known locally as Turtle Island. The bridge had a drawbridge feature but it did not pull up completely vertically and was situated in a marshy area of the lake. The entire span was in excess of thirty (30) feet.

Lake residents were surprised when the major bridge construction project started and made inquiries to local township and state EGLE/DEQ officials. It turned out that the bridge owner did not submit any permit applications to the township or state which are required to build the bridge. As the bridge was being constructed the township issued a “stop work order” because of local ordinance violations which was ignored by the property owner.

The EGLE/DEQ Water Resources Division (WRD) also conducted an inspection on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 that found the bridge was installed in violation of Parts 301 and 303 of the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA). Those parts of the NREPA apply to inland lakes and streams as well the wetland protection laws. As is fairly common practice of the WRD, state officials even tried to find a basis to commence an “after-the-fact” permit process for the bridge. However, the violations of Part 301 and Part 303 were so massive WRD determined a state permit would not have been granted even if the owner had applied for one. Subsequently, EGLE/DEQ/WRD issued a violation notice and ordered the bridge removed.

The bridge was long and it was massive in size, but it has been removed. Everyone in the area is aware of the need to check on any required local/state permits prior to commencing construction on or near riparian property. Riparians state-wide should take notice of this costly blunder that could have been avoided.

Update from the 2018 Memorial Scholarship RecipientCongratulations to Paige Kleindl on the defense of her thesis project...
11/22/2019
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Update from the 2018 Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Paige Kleindl on the defense of her thesis project titled, "Shoreline Restoration and Source of Nutrient Enrichment Impacts on Macrophyte and Epiphytic Algal Communities." Paige was MLSA’s student recipient of the 2018 Megan E. Cook Memorial Scholarship which was awarded at MLSA’s 57th Annual Conference. Her project involved monitoring Muskegon Lake. Paige says, “The historical industrial development, past environmental degradation, and designation as a Great Lakes Area of Concern prompted shoreline restoration and subsequent socio-economic and environmental monitoring. For my thesis research, I continued macrophyte [aquatic plant] monitoring in July 2018 at two of the restored habitats and one reference habitat. Monitoring included measurement of: macrophyte biological variables (e.g., density, biomass, and richness); shoreline habitat characteristics (slope and exposure to wind and wave action); and other environmental variables (e.g., water level, precipitation, and air temperature).” She was able to find that “habitat quality improvement at the restored habitats from 2012 to 2018, based on Michigan’s Coefficient of Conservatism values, suggested restoration has positively influenced shoreline macrophyte communities.” Paige’s study shows that shoreline restoration improves habitat for native aquatic plants that contribute to diversity and health of lakes like Muskegon. For Paige Kleindl's full summary please visit this link: https://www.mymlsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Paige-Kleindl-Summary.pdf

Michigan Lakes and Streams Association's cover photo
11/21/2019

Michigan Lakes and Streams Association's cover photo

A Michigan Microplastic study done by students, we should all be concerned about what's in our water.
11/21/2019
9&10 News

A Michigan Microplastic study done by students, we should all be concerned about what's in our water.

When our youth gets involved in concerns about our water, it’s a good thing.

Corey Adkins shows you what a group in Alpena is doing to help our Great Lakes in this week’s Northern Michigan in Focus.

At the 15th Annual MiCorps Conference people were talking about the monitoring on their lakes and streams, learning from...
11/19/2019

At the 15th Annual MiCorps Conference people were talking about the monitoring on their lakes and streams, learning from experts and each other, and preparing for another year of testing in 2020 and beyond.

Kalamazoo River Watershed Council
11/18/2019

Kalamazoo River Watershed Council

Our Kalamazoo "River Walkers" finished their outreach to anglers in October. During their two months walking the river, they talked with 244 anglers at 35 access sites about the fish-consumption advisories on the Kalamazoo River. Thanks to Eva and Augustine for getting the "Eat Safe Fish" message out! We hope to continue the program in 2020.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
11/09/2019

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Under an agreement announced today with federal, state and tribal governments, the Dow Chemical Company will settle an environmental complaint for an estimated $77 million in projects and funding that will restore fish, wildlife, and habitats injured when hazardous substances were released in past decades from Dow’s manufacturing facility in Midland, Michigan.

Full details on the settlement and restoration plans can be found here - https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MIDNR/bulletins/26aecb8

We are proud to be part of one of the longest running citizen science programs in the country, you make a big impact whe...
11/06/2019
Citizen scientists make big impact on big data

We are proud to be part of one of the longest running citizen science programs in the country, you make a big impact when you participate in CLMP 👏

https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/citizen-scientists-make-big-impact-on-big-data

Collecting large amounts of data for long-term and large-scale research projects can be a burdensome task, but research from Michigan State University shows that citizen science programs can help fill the data gap.

Registration ends on Nov. 13th, join MiCorps for their 15th annual conference!
10/29/2019
Annual MiCorps Conference Registration Reopened (NEW DATES) - MiCorps

Registration ends on Nov. 13th, join MiCorps for their 15th annual conference!

Due to a power outage at the Kettunen Center on October 22-23, the MiCorps Conference and Training has been rescheduled for November 18-19. If you were registered for the conference and have not heard from us to verify your participation on these new dates, please contatc us ASAP at [email protected].....

10/28/2019
Shoreland Stewards - Introduction

Choosing to live on the shores of an inland lake brings a responsibility to protect water quality that is critical to fish, wildlife, and quality of life for lakefront property owners. Maintaining native vegetation, eliminating fertilizer use, keeping hard surfaces away from the lake, and using soft engineering erosion control techniques are just a few management practices that can help prevent erosion and protect the lake from pollutants and nutrients that cause excessive algae and weed growth.

The Shoreland Stewards Program was created to recognize inland lake property owners who are maintaining their property in a way that reduces negative impacts...

Algae is a hot topic right now for lakes around the country, find out what you really need to know with McNALMS.
10/22/2019

Algae is a hot topic right now for lakes around the country, find out what you really need to know with McNALMS.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!
10/21/2019

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Michigan Lakes and Streams Association's cover photo
10/21/2019

Michigan Lakes and Streams Association's cover photo

Michigan Lakes and Streams Association's cover photo
10/21/2019

Michigan Lakes and Streams Association's cover photo

Michigan Lakes and Streams Association
10/21/2019

Michigan Lakes and Streams Association

10/18/2019

MLSA's New Executive Director

At our September 24, 2019 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Michigan Lakes and Streams Association, Inc. voted and selected Melissa DeSimone to become the Executive Director of MLSA. The Executive Director is responsible for carrying out the managerial functions of the MLSA Corporation and reports to the Board of Directors. Melissa comes to MLSA from the field of education with a masters degree in administration. She has 10 years of teaching experience, part of which was in Pennfield, MI. She is also a long time volunteer with MLSA’s region 3 and secretary of the Gravel Lake Association in Van Buren county.

Melissa DeSimone said, “I am very excited to be chosen as the Executive Director for MLSA and look forward to helping lead the way in the protection of Michigan’s waterways.”

MLSA President Mike Gallagher said, “Melissa’s experience as a science educator and her strong passion for working with riparians to help maintain or improve the quality of their lakes, will quickly be noticed by the MLSA members.”

Melissa DeSimone can be contacted by:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (989)831-5100 x103

Start Planning Today for a Natural Shoreline Next SummerBy Mike Gallagher, MLSA President Have you noticed that some sho...
10/07/2019

Start Planning Today for a Natural Shoreline Next Summer
By Mike Gallagher, MLSA President

Have you noticed that some shorelines have changed on the inland lakes of Michigan? Thanks to the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership, MNSP, many lakefront property owners are now choosing to have a natural shoreline rather than a vertical metal or concrete seawall. They have found that a natural shoreline can be more beautiful and more beneficial to their lake while also being one that can be enjoyed by swimmers, guests and fishermen.

This past spring the MNSP successfully trained and certified 77 landscapers who now know the best techniques, and have the skills for creating a natural shoreline. Over the years, hundreds of professionals have been certified. A nearby Certified Natural Shoreline Professional, CNSP, to help you with your project can be found right here. Mishorelinepartnership.org/find-a-shoreline-contractor.html If you are considering a shoreline project next summer, now is the time to begin planning. Give a CNSP a call today. Also, be aware that obtaining the necessary permits from the EGLE/DEQ is not a quick process.

10/02/2019
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GOVERNOR's OFFICE VETOES CLMP FUNDING LINE ITEM IN FY2020 BUDGET

Governor Gretchen Whitmer's office vetoed 147 Budget Line items totally almost $1 Billion in budget cuts for Fiscal Year 2020, starting October 1, 2019.
Unfortunately, the $150,000 CLMP funding line item was cut from the budget, even in view of full support for CLMP funding by both the Michigan House and Senate. There were other major vetoes in the EGLE/DEQ operating budget. For a full list of line item vetoes, follow this link, with special attention to page 2:
https://www.mymlsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/FY-2020-statewide-veto-list.pdf

MLSA had planned for possible adverse results, and has several options going forward to continue the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) for 2020.
Right now it is best for the "dust to settle" for a few days, and then we can move forward to determine which of our contingency plans provide for the best situation moving forward.
The Board of MLSA is disappointed in the line item veto, but we are not discouraged in that the second longest Citizen Scientist/Volunteer Monitoring Program in the USA will continue.
Stay tuned to this MLSA eNEWSLETTER for the latest about CLMP and all things Riparian. MLSA remains the voice and action leader for all matters involving Michigan's Lakes and Streams. To share your thoughts, or for more info, contact us at [email protected].

Submitted by: Paul J Sniadecki, MLSA Board Director

WAITING FORSUMMARY DATA ON AIS/AIP GRANT APPLICATIONSby Paul J. Sniadecki, MLSA Board Director Sarah LeSage of the MI EG...
10/01/2019
Invasive Species - Michigan Aquatic Invasive Plant Control Grant Program

WAITING FORSUMMARY DATA ON AIS/AIP GRANT APPLICATIONS
by Paul J. Sniadecki, MLSA Board Director

Sarah LeSage of the MI EGLE/DEQ states the 52 Lakes/Applicants have all been notified of the decisions on their grant applications. However, her office is not yet prepared to release the summary data at the current time because of the internal review process that EGLE/DEQ must first adhere to. She expects that process to be complete in the near future.

LeSage further advised that the program guidelines were adhered to, which appears to mean only ANC Permits for the sole purpose of control/eradiction of only AIS would be approved.

MLSA will continue to monitor this new grant process, and will develop findings and recommendations for the future once the results are fully announced.

https://www.michigan.gov/invasives/0,5664,7-324-71276_92001---,00.html

Invasive Species - Michigan Aquatic Invasive Plant Control Grant Program (AIP)

Clean Boats, Clean Waters
09/26/2019

Clean Boats, Clean Waters

Saginaw Conservation District
09/24/2019

Saginaw Conservation District

The Sturgeon release on Saturday was a great experience. The release was important from an ecological and historical standpoint. The Great Lakes Sturgeon is considered endangered or threatened throughout the entire region. Habitat loss, pollution and shoreline development have taken their toll. Less than 1% of the native population exist. The species live 50-150 years any can grow up to 300 lbs. Tremendous research and cooperation between government agencies and conservation organizations have allowed the species a second chance. No one knows for sure if this effort will work as it will take about 20 years for the fish to reach breeding age. We were humbled by the presence of so many children at the release in Chesaning. Perhaps they will grow up realizing that our generation identified the problem and tried to fix it so the species would be present for the future. Each fish is microchipped so their lifespan and range can be studied. In these pictures our district administrator Nadene and her family can be seen releasing Sturgeon. If all goes well in 15-20 years the fish released this weekend will return to the same area to spawn.

“Reliable information including water quality data, levels of use, and use impairment are essential for determining the ...
09/18/2019
Lake Management

“Reliable information including water quality data, levels of use, and use impairment are essential for determining the health of a lake and for developing a management plan to protect the lake. As the users and primary beneficiaries of Michigan’s lake resources, citizens must take an active role in obtaining this information and managing their lakes.”

https://www.canr.msu.edu/michiganlakes/lake_management/

Reliable information including water quality data, levels of use, and use impairment are essential for determining the health of a lake and for developing a management plan to protect the lake. As the users and primary beneficiaries of Michigan’s lake resources, citizens must take an active role i...

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General information

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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