Upcoming Events

CANCELED: 59th Annual Conference

It is with regret that Michigan Lakes and Streams Association has had to cancel our conference at Crystal Mountain Resort this year. The current Covid-19 pandemic and increasing health measures put forth by the governor as well as CDC recommendations, require us to put the health of our members and attendees first. We look forward to a healthier year in 2021 and a very successful conference at Crystal Mountain Resort at that time.
**All conference registrations will be refunded and we will be in touch with sponsors about other sponsorship opportunities.
*Crystal Mountain Resort has cancelled all room reservations for our group but please feel free to give them a call to confirm your cancellation.


MLSA's Spring Webinar Series

We have developed a webinar series to bring you the topics we are all missing from the conference and to bring us together during this time apart. All you have to do is click the link below on the indicated Friday afternoon at 1pm to participate in our webinars on your computer. Its simple, its free, and we are proud to bring you this opportunity during this trying time. This series is generously sponsored by the Glen Lake Association, celebrating 75 years!

Topic #1: MI Shoreland Stewards Program: Are you a steward? Are you sure? Protecting a lake is more than picking up pet waste and not using phosphorus based fertilizer. Find out how to use the online survey to assess your property, receive general recommendations for improvements and what kind of resources there are to help engage your lake community in participating as well. Presented by Julia Kirkwood, EGLE Water Resources Division: Nonpoint Source Program.
When: Apr 3, 2020          Recording:

#2: How Runoff Affects Rivers, join Ralph Reznick an engineer with EGLE’s Nonpoint Source Program for a talk about our rivers – what goes into them and how we can keep river water clean.

Topic: How Runoff Affects Rivers
When: Apr 10, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time
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#3: Rising Water Levels and Impacts on Inland Lakes – Recent news across the Great Lakes States has been about high water levels.  Water levels on each of the Great Lakes started 2020 higher than they started in 2019.  In addition, Lakes Michigan and Huron have reached monthly mean record high levels this year. While this has captured the attention of the media and all levels of government, lakes of all types, including inland lakes, are experiencing some degree of water level fluctuation in response to precipitation cycles. Learn about the current status of Great Lakes high water levels and how inland lakes are impacted from Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council policy director, Jennifer McKay. Topics covered during the webinar will include best management practices for shoreline protection and advice to ensure your septic system is functioning properly and how to protect your drinking water during periods of high water. Jennifer McKay joined Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council in May of 2005. As Policy Director, Jennifer is responsible for federal, Great Lakes Basin wide, state, and local policy and advocacy to improve the level of protection for our water resources. She has been appointed to the Great Lakes Commission and the Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Topic: Rising Water Levels and Impacts on Inland Lakes
When: Apr 17, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time
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#4: Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) learn more about this topic that we have been reporting on in this newsletter with Lynn Henning, Regional Associate of the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project and Gail Philbin, Director of the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club

Topic: CAFOs
When: Apr 24, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time
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#5: MLSA Scholarship Presentation and Riparian Rights Update with Attorney Cliff Bloom.

Topic: MLSA Scholarship and Riparian Rights Update
When: April 29, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time
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#6: Sue ’em! Liabilities of Being A Riparian and Boat Owner will discuss the many liability areas of waterfront ownership. We will discuss your potential liability relative to your shore, swimming, your land under the water, your house, the water from your well, your dock, driving off your dock, motor boating, water skiing and tubing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing interference with your neighbor’s rights and the many other areas where you can get sued. This session is with Mark Teicher – MLSA board member and Distinguished Michigan Attorney

Topic: Sue ’em!
When: May 8, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time
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#7: Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) in Michigan with Dr. Doug Pullman and other speakers to be confirmed, please check back soon!

Topic: MLSA 2020 Webinar – Session 7 – HABs
When: May 15, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time
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#8: We are waiting for confirmation on this topic, please check back soon!

Topic: MLSA 2020 Webinar – Session 8
When: May 22, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time
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**We will update this information as more details become available.

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