Educational Exhibitors

This year, our Educational Exhibitors invited you to visit them online! We encourage you to explore the diversity of organizations and programs dedicated to protecting Michigan's inland lakes by exploring these virtual Exhibitor tables.


Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership

Working together to protect, rehabilitate, and enhance sustainable fish habitats in glacial lakes of the Midwest for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations.

What do we do?
• Conduct scientific assessments to determine the condition of and threats to fish habitats
• Enable partners to complete on-the-ground habitat conservation projects
• Conduct education and outreach to improve understanding and spark action resulting in fish habitat conservation
• Provide a forum for those seeking inland lake fish habitat conservation

Contact: Joe Nohner, Coordinator, 517-284-6236


Northwestern Michigan College Great Lakes Water Studies Institute

Located in Traverse City, Michigan at Northwestern Michigan College, the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute (GLWSI) is strategically positioned to engage individuals and organizations, both locally and globally, in advancing skills, knowledge and understanding of the world’s dynamic water resources. Contact: Constanza Hazelwood


Michigan State University Extension

Michigan State University Extension has developed numerous programs and resources incorporating the best available knowledge and research for the protection and wise use of lakes, streams, and watersheds. Learn more about Michigan State University Extension water programs from our catalog website. Contact: Paige Filice

Michigan Lakes and Streams Association

Michigan Lakes and Streams Association, Inc. (MLSA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation made up of organizations, corporations, associations, and individuals who share our goal of preserving and protecting Michigan’s vast heritage of freshwater resources. The primary goal of MLSA is educating and assisting lake associations and individual riparian property owners in water resource friendly techniques, we also publish The Michigan Riparian magazine. Contact Information: Melissa DeSimone, Executive Director, 989-831-5100


Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership

The Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership (MNSP) is a collaboration of state agencies, academia, nonprofit organizations, and private industry working to together for healthier shoreline development practices from high impact methods that change the natural riparian condition to practices that:
1. Restore/Preserve the ecological function of the shoreline.
2. Effectively stabilize shoreline erosion.
3. Are attractive options to lakefront property owners.
The MNSP provides resources for education and training of contractors and lakefront property owners. Contact: Julia Kirkwood, Chair 


Grand Valley Metropolitan Council/Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds

The Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds (LGROW) is an agency of the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council that serves the Lower Grand River Watershed. LGROW works to discover and restore all water resources and celebrate our shared water legacy throughout our entire Grand River Watershed community. Contact:


Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Aquatic Nuisance Control Program

Chemical treatment for the purpose of controlling invasive and nuisance aquatic plants and algae. Permits are required to chemically control nuisance aquatic plants, algae, and swimmer's itch. Program staff regulate the use of pesticides through the permit process. Each application for a permit must undergo a thorough review to assess the environmental impact to the waterbody, and any human health and safety issues. Program staff also review new chemical products proposed for use in Michigan waters, survey Michigan lakes to determine the composition of the native plant community and any presence of exotic plant species, and seek to educate riparian property owners about the management of aquatic plants and a variety of related lake management issues. Contact:, 517-284-5593

Inland Lakes and Streams

The Inland Lakes and Streams Program is responsible for the protection of the natural resources and the public trust waters of the inland lakes and streams of the state. The program oversees activities including dredging, filling, constructing or placement of a structure on bottomlands, constructing reconfiguring, or expanding a marina, interfering with the natural flow of water or connecting a ditch or canal to an inland lake or stream. Contact: Bethany Matousek, 517-243-6421

Nonpoint Source Program

Nonpoint source (NPS) pollution is caused when rain, snowmelt, or wind carry pollutants off the land and into waterways. Also, large quantities of runoff can impact water quality and aquatic life when “flashy flows” cause excessive stream bank erosion. Watershed management planning is essential to helping communities understand and address the impacts nonpoint source pollutants to rivers and lakes. Michigan's NPS Program staff collaborate with local stakeholders to restore waters impaired by NPS pollution or causes and protect high quality waters from NPS threats. Contact: NPS Staff located in Lansing and in District Offices are available to help you eliminate NPS pollution.

Michigan Aquatic Managers Association

The purpose of the Association shall be to assist in promoting the management of aquatic vegetation, to provide for the scientific and educational advancement of members, to encourage scientific research, to promote an exchange of information among members, to extend and develop public interest in the discipline, and to participate in any Legislative procedures at any level of government that oversees the use and/or enforcement of the laws, regulations, policies, guidance, and funding governing the use of aquatic pesticides or other forms of aquatic plant management in the waters of the State of Michigan. Contact:


Michigan Chapter of the North American Lakes Management Society

The purpose of McNalms is to promote understanding and comprehensive management to Michigan’s inland lake ecosystems through sharing of information and experiences on scientific, financial, administrative, legal, and legislative aspects of lake and watershed management; fostering the development of lake restoration and protection programs at local, state, and national levels; promoting wise lake management by enhancing public awareness through education and providing a forum for citizens and managers to share ideas and promote common objectives. Contact: Erick Elgin, President or


North American Lake Management Society

Our mission is a simple, but powerful one: to forge partnerships among citizens, scientists, and professionals to foster the management and protection of lakes and reservoirs … for today and tomorrow. NALMS is not focused on professionals, academic researchers, or any smaller interest group alone; rather, NALMS is a melting pot, welcoming anyone interested in lakes.