A healthy & sustainable lake begins with a blend of sound science & a well-informed community. While we recognize that sound scientific methods are crucial for accurately understanding natural ecosystems, it is also critical to include the element of community engagement and education. The true meaning of sustainability is for a system to continue to provide services to us while assuring that future generations will also be able to experience those benefits. Sustainability is at the very core of conservation and we aim to make all of our lakes sustainable. Even in the face of budget restraints and limited resources, a combination of community and scientific expertise can lead to a healthy, sustainable aquatic ecosystem.
How Are We Different?
We use state of the art lake monitoring tools and community evaluation tools. This allows us to determine not only what the lake needs scientifically to be restored but also how the surrounding community is positioned to play an active role in the management or restoration of the lake. Some communities are rich in resources while others may struggle to find resources. One of our goals is to empower all communities and help those with limited resources build enough of a resource base to help sustain the lake ecosystem. Additionally, our scientists are trained lake experts that devote all of their time to restoring our inland lakes. Each of our staff possesses advanced degrees from prestigious unversities to better serve each unique lake.
Our Staff Conduct Rigorous Scientific Research…
Our scientists belong to many academic and professional societies and regularly engage in scholarly research on the latest lake improvement and restoration methods, unique aspects of aquatic ecology, and site-specific best management practices. Some of our associated groups include:
- Michigan Lake and Stream Associations
- North American Lake Management Society
- Michigan Chapter-North American Lake Management Society
- American Academy for the Advancement of Science
- American Society for Limnology and Oceanography
- International Association for Great Lakes Research
- Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners
- Michigan Nature Association
- The Nature Conservancy