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After 26 years, Colorado welcomes NALMS back to the headwaters state. Colorado is home to thousands of both natural alpine lakes and reservoirs. We are proud of our mountains and appreciate the importance of our lakes and reservoirs.

In Colorado, water is used for fishing, drinking, farming, rafting, camping, mining, ranching, boating, brewing, and much more. These uses are supported with a statewide annual average rainfall of just 17 inches. The lakes and reservoirs throughout the West and the Rockies provide the resources to meet these diverse needs. Finding balance in how we manage them is important.

Finding Balance is the key to managing our lakes, watersheds, and even day-to-day relationships with
people. Come to NALMS 2017 in Colorado to hear fascinating lake talks, see the mountains, and network.

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In Memoriam – Chip Welling

In Memoriam – Chip Welling

On April 28, 2017, we lost a champion of science-based invasive species management, and many of us also lost a cherished friend and colleague.  Charles “Chip” H. Welling passed away on that day, after a ten month battle with cancer.  For 24 years, Chip worked for Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and, for most of that time, was the Eurasian watermilfoil or invasive aquatic species coordinator.  While in that position, he was adamant that management be based on good science, and would often ask to “see the journal article.”  This scientific skepticism was learned, in part, while a graduate student under the famous wetland ecologist Arnold van der Valk at Iowa State University.  Given Dr. van der Valk’s reputation, I am sure that Chip’s M.S. was hard-won.  Over the years, Chip could be counted on to give a thorough yet impartial review of journal articles and, more than once, I received a tough review from him on my submissions.

Many of us have worked with Chip on research projects in Minnesota – from the early years of triclopyr registration to the flowering rush invasion.  Chip was eager to have studies conducted on management of Minnesota’s invasive aquatic plant issues, and would play host to the annual invasion of researchers from federal and state agencies, universities, and private companies.  Chip was also an advocate of state-funded applied research, and supported many projects utilizing various control technologies to find practical solutions to invasive plant problems.  Even before the field work was completed, he’d start asking about the peer-reviewed journal article.  Chip clearly recognized the value of scientific support for managing invasive species.  That science-driven approach influenced other Midwestern aquatic invasive species resource agencies.

I don’t exactly remember when I first met Chip, but I do know that by the early 1990’s I was on his rolodex.  He’d call with a question about Eurasian watermilfoil or to dispute a point in a paper, but eventually the talk would turn to walleye fishing (or any fishing, for that matter).  He’d ask about my last trip to the North Country, or if I was coming to chase ditch parrots in Dakota.  He loved angling and, if he were fishing with his daughter Robin, then all things were perfect.  Chip had a keen, but dry, sense of humor, laughing at the follies of others, and occasionally at his own.  A few years ago he sent me a clipping from the Stockton paper that had a picture of hippos eating waterhyacinth, asking if we (in California) were really that desperate to control weeds.  “How about using manatee?” he asked.

Sadly, Minnesota has lost a champion of her lakes, and we all lost a proponent of science-based management – and many of us lost a friend.  If Chip is crossing the Styx, I am sure he’d ask Charon if the fish are biting.

John Madsen, President, APMS

Photo caption:    Chip Welling inspecting flowering rush on Detroit Lakes, Minnesota in 2011.

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APMS Announces $60,000 Starry Stonewort Research Grant

2017 APMS Starry Stonewort Grant

Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
7922 NW 71st Street
Gainesville, FL 32653


A graduate student research grant on the biology, ecology, and management of starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa) is being offered by the Aquatic Plant Management Society’s research and education initiative, in cooperation with the Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation, Midwest APMS and the Northeast APMS. The RFP is also sponsored by LONZA , SePRO, and UPI.
Objective: To provide a grant to support a graduate student to conduct research on the biology, ecology, and/or management (used alone or integrated with other management approaches) of starry stonewort in the Midwestern or northeastern United States. While field work should focus on one or both of those two regions, postgraduate degree offering institutions from anywhere in the United States may apply to this RFP.
Applicants: Solicitation for proposals is open to any full-time faculty member of an accredited U.S. academic institution. A faculty sponsor must submit this proposal through the grants office of the University with which they are affiliated. While the intention is to support a graduate student in part, a student need not be identified by name.
Amount: $60,000 (it is the policy of APMS not to pay overhead or indirect costs).
Duration: Two (2) years ($30,000 per year).
Proposal Deadline: Applications must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2017. The grant awardee will be announced at the 2017 Aquatic Plant Management Society Annual Meeting.
Guidelines for Proposals: Proposals should contain a concise statement of the project, including its purpose and justification, as well as sections that discuss study objectives, methodology, schedule, budget, and planned publication of results. The resumé of the faculty applicant and graduate student (if known) should not exceed two (2) pages each. Proposals should not exceed ten (10) pages, and must be signed by the applicant (principal investigator) and an appropriate university official. Include copies of up to five (5) of your most recent peer reviewed publications. Please submit a pdf file of your full application via email to Dr. John Madsen at The grant proposal will be judged based on the quality of the scientific approach, applicability to management of starry stonewort, feasibility, and potential of applicants to continue in aquatic plant management activities or involvement in the future of the society.
Award: The award will be announced at the 2017 Aquatic Plant management Society Annual Meeting in July 2017. Notification of award will be provided to the faculty member in time to make arrangements to attend the APMS 57th Annual Meeting (July 16-19, 2017 – Daytona Beach, Florida). Payments will be made before January 31st of 2018 and 2019.
Requirements: Semi-annual progress reports must be submitted to APMS prior to June 30th and December 31st for each year of the grant. The faculty member and student must participate in at least one APMS regional chapter meeting and attend the APMS Annual Meeting. The student must present results of the funded research at least one time over the duration of the grant, although it is preferred that presentations are made annually. Upon completion, a final report must be submitted to APMS.
Inquiries: Dr. John Madsen USDA – ARS, EIWRU, University of California-Davis, Mail Stop 4 – One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616, Phone: 530-752-7870, Email:


Michigan Chapter North American Lake Management Society and ML&SA Team Up to Offer Lake Research Focused Grants

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By Lois Wolfson
President, Michigan Chapter North American Lake Management Society

The Michigan Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society (McNALMS) and Michigan Lake and Stream Associations are again sponsoring the Lake Research Student Grants Program.  The purpose of the program is to promote University student efforts to work with lakes and lake communities to enhance lake management.  Projects that increase the understanding of lake ecology, strengthen collaborative lake management, build lake partnerships, and/or expand citizen involvement in lake management are eligible for consideration.  This year our two organizations expect to fund one or more projects from a total pool of $4,000. The deadline for proposal submission is February 17, 2017.

Please help get the word out to interested students.

Click here  to download the Call for Proposals and Application Form.

Information is also available on the McNALMS web site at .

Executive Order — Safeguarding the Nation from the Impacts of Invasive Species

For Immediate Release:
Executive Order 13112 Amendments — Safeguarding the Nation from the Impacts of Invasive Species

2017 MAPMS Conference Registration is NOW OPEN

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Science brings success in fight against Minnesota aquatic invaders


Environment Dan Gunderson · ·

Invasive species alert: European frogbit detected in West Michigan lakes

MI DNR Article Here

Invasive species alert: European frogbit detected in West Michigan lakes

Contact: Joanne Foreman, 517-284-5814 or Sarah LeSage, 517-243-4735
Agency: Natural Resources

Sept. 19, 2016

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of European frogbit, a prohibited aquatic invasive plant, in Reeds and Fisk lakes in the city of East Grand Rapids. European frogbit was first verified in Michigan in 1996 along the Great Lakes waterways in southeastern Michigan and has since been found in areas along Lake Huron and the eastern Upper Peninsula. The detections on Reeds and Fisk lakes represent the westernmost known locations of this invasive plant in Michigan and the Midwest.

Staff from PLM Lake and Land Management Corporation initially identified the plant during a routine lake inspection and reported the finding through the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN), triggering a notification to the DNR and the Department of Environmental Quality’s Aquatic Invasive Response Team. The team currently is assessing the risk level of the situation and working with partners in the community, including the city of East Grand Rapids, Kent Conservation District and the West Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, to develop an action plan.

What is European frogbit?

A native of Europe and parts of Africa and Asia, European frogbit is an aquatic plant with small (half-inch to 2.5 inch), heart-shaped leaves resembling miniature water lilies. Unlike similar aquatic plants, European frogbit does not anchor its roots in the lake or stream bed but remains free-floating. Three-petaled white flowers with yellow centers appear briefly sometime between mid-July and mid-August.

Why is it a problem?

The plant quickly forms dense colonies or mats in shallow, slow-moving waters. These thick mats prevent native plant growth, make movement difficult for ducks and large fish, and cause problems for boaters, anglers and swimmers.

European frogbit is spread by plant fragments or by turions – small, quarter-inch buds that break off the plant and overwinter in lake or stream beds. Plant parts easily can be transported to new water bodies on boat motors or trailers, fishing gear and other recreational equipment.

What can be done?

“Detecting European frogbit in West Michigan is a call to action to all lake, stream and wetland users to clean, drain and dry boats and gear,” said Kevin Walters, an invasive species aquatic biologist with the DEQ. “Take the simple steps of removing all plants and debris from boats, trailers and gear and draining bilges and live wells before leaving a site. Allow boats and equipment to dry for at least five days before moving to another water body.”

Walters said that even waders, fishing nets and inner tubes can harbor invasive species and should be thoroughly dried in the sun or cleaned with a 2-percent bleach solution before being used at a different location.

What if I see European frogbit?

Anyone can help by reporting suspected European frogbit. The easiest way to report this harmful invasive plant is through the MISIN website, at or by downloading the MISIN app to a smartphone.

First, become familiar with identifying the plant. MISIN offers a short identification tutorial which helps distinguish between European frogbit and similar aquatic plants.

If you encounter European frogbit on the water, take some photos. These can be uploaded on the MISIN website or attached to a report via the MISIN app. Reports are directed through MISIN to DNR and DEQ aquatic biologists.

For more information on European frogbit and other invasive species, visit Michigan’s invasive species website at

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to