Michigan Inland Lakes Convention

The 2018 Michigan Inland lakes Convention brought 200 lake enthusiasts to Grand Rapids, October 4-5. This year, we met jointly with the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) Annual Volunteer Monitoring Conference.   

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Convention program

The Convention kicked off with a welcome reception on Wednesday evening, October 3. Thursday morning, two outstanding keynote speakers - Bill Creal, former Water Resources Division Chief for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and Lisa Borre of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies - set the tone for the Convention along the theme of "Working Together for Healthy Lakes" - on local, state, and global scales. We broke out into thematic sessions on Thursday afternoon, followed by an evening reception highlighting posters and educational displays. Friday morning, the thematic breakout sessions continued, and Friday afternoon offered a variety of workshops, field trips, and breakout sessions. View full session descriptions for Thursday and Friday

Session themes include:

  • Invasive Species
  • Lake Management
  • Lake Monitoring 
  • Water Law
  • Lake Levels
  • Fisheries Management
  • Public Health/Septic Systems
  • Lake Stewardship
  • Aquatic Plants
  • Natural Shorelines
  • Volunteer Monitoring/Citizen Science
  • Water Conservation
  • Contaminants

Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, October 3

 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Opening Reception

Thursday, October 4

 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Welcome and Keynote: William Creal
 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Break
 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Keynote: Lisa Borre
 Noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Early afternoon concurrent sessions
 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Break
 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Late afternoon concurrent sessions
 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Reception: Posters and Educational Displays

Friday, October 5

 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Early morning concurrent sessions
 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Break
 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Late morning concurrent sessions
 11:30 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Afternoon concurrent sessions, workshops, and field trips


Lodging and Travel


Photo Contest

Our Photo Contest is complete! The top 10 vote-getters on social media were selected to move on to the Convention, where participants voted for the winners! Photo contest details and rules


Continuing Education Credits

Up to 8 MDARD Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits could be earned by participating in the Convention. Master Citizen Planners could earn 1.5 credits per session, to a maximum of 9 credits for attending the entire Convention. The Wildlife Society allowed a maximum of 9 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in Category I of the Certified Wildlife Biologist ® Renewal/Professional Development Certificate Program for participation in the Convention.


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