Listening to Legislators

By Paul J Sniadecki, MLSA Board Director Several Legislators participated in the recent 63rd Annual MLSA Conference. Some presented during sessions, some visited to learn about what MLSA does, and one welcomed everyone to Muskegon. We had the opportunity to listen to...

DNR and McDonald’s kick off safe boating season

The DNR and McDonald’s of Michigan are teaming up to encourage young boaters to wear their life jackets this summer. Now through Labor Day, conservation officers will pass out coupons for a free McDonald’s ice-cream cone or apple slice package (valid at participating...

Beyond the Dues: Making the Most of Your MLSA Membership

Originally by Beth Clawson, Michigan State University Extension Adopted by Melissa DeSimone, MLSA Executive Director Membership associations have been around for an extraordinarily long time. For example, being in a guild such as those notable ones from the Middle...

MiCorps in the News

EGLE awards 27 grants to conduct stream cleanups and monitoring by Tamara Lipsey, EGLE Aquatic Biologist, LipseyT@Michigan.gov More than $100,000 will help local governments and nonprofit organizations improve Michigan waterways The Michigan Department of Environment,...

The MI Inland Lake Shoreline Energy Assessment is LIVE!

For a number of years EGLE has been working on a tool to help residents understand how much wave energy is contributing to the erosion of shoreline property. It is accessed through EGLE’s Shoreline Protection site. These links will also take you to both...

Michigan’s 11th annual Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz

This year’s event period will be from June 28 – July 7, 2024.  Event hosts can choose any date/s within the event period in which to host the event at a local boating access site.  To register your local landing blitz event, please send me (waltersk3@michigan.gov) the...

Thank you for an excellent Conference event in Muskegon!

Our 63rd Annual Conference was a huge success. The feedback from our participants was overwhelmingly positive and we are excited to be back in Muskegon again for our 2025 conference. If you missed the event this year, it’s never too early to mark your calendar for...

May is here and so is the latest news

Read our May 2024 newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/mymlsa.org/may-2024-newsletter We hope you will share and subscribe to this free monthly service. We appreciate the support of our members and partners who help keep MLSA and our mission alive for the future of...

Phragmites Control Funding Opportunity

An anticipated $390,000 is available to support Phragmites management activities using one of the 12 priority management combinations (below). Grantees will also collect and contribute monitoring and management data that will inform the Phragmites Adaptive Management...

Phosphorus Management and Water Quality

North Central Region Water Network: The Current Webinar Series Phosphorus Management and Water Quality Wednesday, April 10th at 2pm CT Managing phosphorus to both meet crop needs and reduce P loss from agricultural fields is critical to managing water resources. This...

DNR says fish kills may be common during spring thaw

by  Jeremiah Blaauw, MDNR Fisheries Biologist After ice and snow cover melt on Michigan lakes this spring, it may be more likely for people to discover dead fish or other aquatic animals. While such sights can be startling, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources...

Check-in, Check-out Program from CD3

CD3 Systems has launched a cleaning instructions web application available for anyone for FREE.  This program does not require a CD3 System or any tools. It is called a Check-In, Check-Out program, or a “CICO” for short. We designed this AIS prevention engagement tool...

Common Groundwater

This new podcast series by the Michigan Environmental Council will be broken into a four-episode miniseries. Each miniseries will have a story arc on one topic that runs wide, deep and mysterious—a bit like the podcast’s namesake. And each miniseries will be tied into...

Southwest Michigan (Region 3) Meeting

Our next meeting is on Saturday, 4/13 from 9am-12pm at the Porter Township hall in VAN BUREN county (88040 M-40 Lawton, MI  49065). If you plan to attend, send your topic ideas to Craig DeSimone – cucad4@hotmail.com This is one of our only standing region...

Vermont Takes Action to Limit Wake Sports

By Paul J. Sniadecki, MLSA Board Director On March 26, 2024, over 120 people participated in a Zoom briefing session to learn about how Vermont is taking action to limit wake sports. MLSA attended. The state officials leading the session noted that Vermont had just...

Conference Session Preview: Harmful Algal Bloom

by Erica Clites, Extension Educator, Michigan Sea Grant Algal blooms occur when tiny, naturally occurring plants grow rapidly in an area of water and are visible without a microscope. The lake water may look green (or other colors, like purple) or have scum floating...

MLSA Files Amicus Curie Brief in Ikle v Goebel et al

By Paul J. Sniadecki, MLSA Board Director After decades of a claimed peaceful co-existing use of a path, park easement and Lake Chemung, by both front and back-lot owners, one or more of the newer front-lot owners began asserting riparian rights. They questioned the...