EGLE Announces General Permit for CAFOs

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has issued a revised general permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). The permit enhances protection of the public and Michigan’s waters from excessive nutrient pollution while...

Getting to Know Your Water

By Melissa DeSimone, MLSA Executive Director High water has been a hot topic around the Great Lakes but our inland lakes within Michigan are struggling with the water in even more ways than the coastlines. We have more water than we know what to do with. Do you know...

MLSA Springs into the Future

by Melissa DeSimone, MLSA Executive Director 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. In support of our mission,...

High Water Legislative Update

On Tuesday, March 17th the Michigan State Senate passed HB 5401, HB 5402 and HB 5463. We reported on these bills in special legislative updates in February as they were first coming to committee. These bills deal with high water levels and allowing temporary speed...

MLSA in Lansing with Michigan Environmental Council

By Melissa DeSimone, MLSA Executive Director Michigan Lakes and Streams Association has now partnered with the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC). This is an outstanding organization that helps us to bring water and riparian issues to the forefront in Lansing....

It’s a Date! February Zoom Meeting Details

Our discussion about Lake Monitoring in 2020 was a success, we had 24 participants and a recording of the meeting is available by request (melissa.desimone@mlswa.org). Also, the details about lake monitoring this year can be found in “Love Your Lake? Continue...

Love Your Lake? Continue Monitoring in 2020

ICYMI … we have detailed information for what you can do in 2020 to continue your lake monitoring efforts. Please take a look at the information provided at this link: https://www.hrwc.org/what-we-do/programs/2020-lake-monitoring/ We want to thank MSU Extension...

Boating Access Site Survey Results from DNR

A Note from MLSA’s Executive Director, Melissa DeSimone: We are pleased that the Michigan DNR is taking a look at the aquatic invasive species (AIS) contamination around their boating access sites. For a full list of all the data compiled through this sampling...

Rollback of Federal Clean Water Protections

By: Paul J. Sniadecki, MLSA Board Director A rollback of Federal Clean Water protections has been implemented. The changes, finalized on Jan. 23, 2020 scale back the interpretation of which waterways qualify for protection against pollution and development under...

EGLE Press Release

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Press Release from Feb. 10, 2020 by Nick Assendelft, EGLE Public Information Officer High water summit identifies resources, needs in response to growing statewide issue Town halls planned across...

Lake Monitoring 2020

CLMP in 2020 – Stay Tuned… We received this message from EGLE on January 14, 2020: “MiCorps is a network of volunteer water quality monitoring programs in Michigan created by former Governor Granholm under Michigan Executive Order #2003-15 to assist...

New! MLSA Virtual Meet Up

We want to meet with you! In each newsletter we will announce a date for a monthly virtual meeting that anyone can join with a link. We will have some general topics ready but really want to hear from you and allow you the time and space to network with other members....

We Moved!

Our goal for 2020 and beyond is to make sure your membership dollars are working harder for our mission. In an effort to reallocate funds for the important work we all believe in, we have closed our Stanton office. We can still be reached at (989) 831-5100 and...

Possible New Controls on CAFOs

By: Paul J. Sniadecki, MLSA Board Director EGLE (formerly DEQ) regulators want to revise how the environmental risk from spreading livestock waste on farms is evaluated as part of a new “draft” general permit for industrial scale agriculture businesses known as...

A Statement Regarding MWA

The Michigan Waterfront Alliance (“MWA”) was created by officials of the Michigan Lakes & Streams Association, Inc. (“MLSA”) over 20 years ago as an adjunct organization to MLSA. For a variety of legal and other reasons, MWA was established to pursue lobbying...

Updates Proposed to Bottle Deposit Law

By: Paul J Sniadecki, MLSA Board DirectorRep. Jon Hoadley and Sen. Sean McCann have recently introduced legislation seeking to expand Michigan’s bottle deposit law to all beverages except milk containers and provide funding to address contaminated sites.HB 5306 and SB...

Join the Discussion on Facebook!

Are you looking for a way to network with other lakes around Michigan? Join us for discussion on Facebook, we now have a MLSA member group! Follow the link: Michigan Lakes and Streams Members, click + Join Group, answer the membership questions, and standby for...

MLSA Sponsors Lake Research Student Grants Program

MLSA and the Michigan Chapter North American Lake Management Society (McNALMS) are pleased to announce the 2020 Lake Research Student Grants Program. The purpose of the program is to promote student efforts to work on inland lakes and/or with lake communities to...