Michigan Lake Stewardship Associations

Welcome to our January 2019 Newsletter…
 

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • 2018 LAME DUCK SESSION – THE GOOD, THE NOT SO GOOD, AND OTHERWISE
  • MAMA RECOGNIZES EFFORTS TO SUPPORT SB 1136
  • ARE YOU READY TO BE A LAKE LEADER? (LSLI)
  • BIENNIAL SHORELINE and SHALLOWS CONFERENCE
  • PREVIEW: 2019 MLSA CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

 

 
 

 

SAVE THE DATES

MLSA 2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

MAY 3 & 4, 2019

 

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THE 2018 LAME DUCK SESSION –  THE GOOD, THE NOT SO GOOD, AND OTHERWISE

By: Paul J Sniadecki, MLSA Board Director

 

Our December 2018 Newsletter provided information about the 2018 Lame Duck Session, which was like no other in terms of the volume of bills coming up for consideration that could undermine protections for Natual Resources or have an impact on Riparian Property Owners in Michigan.

 

The following provides the status of several legislative bills that might be of interest:

 

SB 1136 – AIS ERADICATION AND CONTROL FUND

Outgoing Governor Snyder signed the bill into law on December 28, 2018.  The bill provides for funding from “any source” and the details of funding have to be worked out in the future. 

 

HB 4205 – No Stricter than Federal This bill would prevent Michigan state agencies from adopting rules that are more protective than federal standards. Some Riparians believe it is important that Michigan officials decide what’s best for our state, and not rely on federal minimum standards to dictate how we protect our waterways, drinking water, and air. Several changes were made during the session and Outgoing Governor Snyder signed the final version into law on December 28, 2018.

 

SB 1211 – Changing Protections for Wetlands and Inland Lakes – This bill would have removed protections for about 600,000 acres of Michigan wetlands and around 4,500 inland lakes. Amendments were made during the session to reduce the scope and range of impact.  Outgoing Governor Snyder signed the final version into law on December 28, 2018.

 

SB 1188-1194 Legislation to Pre-empt Local Control of Trees and Other Vegetation

The bill passed out of the Michigan Senate and was awaiting action in the Michigan House.  The Michigan Townships Association (MTA) opposed these bills stating that Local Ordinances covering these matters reflect the decisions by local communities and should be respected. These bills died and did not become law in 2018.

 

SB 1244 – Part 201 Cleanup Standards for Contaminated Sites

The legislation places new requirements on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality when moving to update current cleanup standards based on new health studies. Without new resources, these additional requirements will divert money from current efforts to protect Michigan residents from exposure to contaminated sites. The legislation requires the DEQ to use chemical toxicity values from a U.S. Environmental Protection database – unless the agency undergoes a lengthy process that includes public notices and meetings with “stakeholders.” Outgoing Governor Snyder signed the final version into law on December 28, 2018.

 

HB 5752 and HB 5753 – Inspecting and identifying failing septic systems by creating a statewide septic code (These bills died in committee during 2018)

 

SB 943 – Renew Michigan

This bill provides a sustainable funding source for environmental issues such as contaminated site cleanup and water quality monitoring (e.g. CLMP). It also provides much needed funding for contaminants of concern like PFAS. Governor Snyder reportedly supports this bill, and favorable action remains a possibilty. This bill died in Committe during 2018.

 

STATE CONTROL FOR SHORT-TERM RENTALS of RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY

Bills were introduced in 2017, but this proposed legislation, removing local control of such matters, was not re-introduced in 2018, nor in the Lame Duck Session.

 

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MAMA RECOGNIZES EFFORTS TO SUPPORT SB 1136

Submitted By:  The Michigan Aquatic Managers Association(MAMA)

 

Senate Bill 1136 was signed by Governor Snyder and will help some lakes in Michigan to fund their battles with aquatic invasive species (AIS).  Representatives from MLSA and the Michigan Waterfront Alliance were in Lansing in early December to help educate our legislators about the need for state funding for this costly problem that has been paid for by riparians for decades, while benefiting all who use and enjoy our inland lakes.

 

MLSA and MWA were not alone in Lansing, and we thank Jason Broekstra of the Michigan Aquatic Managers Association  (MAMA) who also spoke to the MI Senate Natural Resources Committee in favor of SB1136. 

 

The purpose of MAMA is 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.

 

www.mamagroup.org

 

Michigan Aquatic Managers Association

Dedicated to the Professional Management of Michigan’s Aquatic Resources

 

 
 

 

ARE YOU READY TO BE A LAKE LEADER?

 

by: Dr. Jo Latimore, PhD, MSU

 

Have you ever struggled watching people in your community disagree about what is best for your lake? Do you ever wish you knew more about how lakes and rivers work? Are you unsure about what resources are available to help protect and manage your lake or waterway? Are you ready to jump in and be a lake leader? The Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute wants you!

 

The Class of 2019 will be the 8th session of this popular program, co-sponsored by MLSA. Participants develop their technical and people skills in an atmosphere of openness, trust, and camaraderie, with guidance from expert instructors. Community members, students, and professionals are all encouraged to apply.

 

Learning by doing:

·         Study the life and habitats of Michigan lakes and rivers

·         Develop communication and conflict management skills

·         Discover new resources and partnership opportunities

·         Explore Michigan water law, regulations, and management programs

 

The Institute is conducted in three sessions that include classroom learning and field experiences:

·         May 31-June 1:Kettunen Center, near Cadillac

·         July 26-27:Kellogg Biological Station, near Kalamazoo

·         October 18: Michigan State University, East Lansing

 

Sponsors cover most of the costs of putting on the Institute; the participant registration fee of $400 covers the remainder. Scholarships are available.

 

Applications and more information are available online. You can also contact Dr. Jo Latimore at MSU: latimor1@msu.eduor 517-432-1491. The application deadline is March 31, 2019.

 

The Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute is sponsored by Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Lake Stewardship Associations, the Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and is endorsed by the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership.

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BIENNIAL SHORELINE AND and SHALLOWS CONFERENCE

 

BY:  Lois Wolfson, PhD, MSU

 

Date: Thursday, March 7 

Time: 9:30am – 3:45pm

Place: Lincoln Room, Kellogg Center, East Lansing, MI

 

The Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership will host its biennial Shoreline and Shallows Conference on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the Kellogg Center at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. This year’s conference focuses on the impacts of moderate and high-energy waves on lake shorelines. It will also include information on lake levels, native plant communities along shorelines and healthy shorelines and fish responses.

 

Contractors, state and local governments, educators, non-profit organizations, lake suppliers, native plant growers, landscape designers, and lakefront property owners will all

benefit by attending this program.

 

Visit www.mishorelinepartnership.org/events for more information, an agenda and to register or contact Lois Wolfson at wolfson1@msu.edu; 517-353-9222 for other questions.  Cost is $45 ($55 after March 1) ($20 for full-time students) and includes lunch, materials and breaks. Co-sponsors for the conference include the Institute of Water Research, Michigan State University, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and MSU Extension.  Conference contributors include GEI Consultants and Wildtype.

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2019 MLSA CONFERENCE PREVIEW

by Paul J. Sniadecki, MLSA Board Director

 

Lon Nordeen, MLSA Board Member and Conference Program Coordinator, has been busy developing the Presenters for the MLSA 2019 Annual Conference. Lon reports the following presenters are anticipated to be part of the MLSA 2019 Annual Conference:

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Alan D. Steinman, Director Annis Water Resources Institute, Grand Valley State University

 

PFAS ISSUES and ACTIONS: Invited- Steve Sliver, PFAS Executive Lead,

MDEQ, Laura Rubin, Ex Dir Huron River Watershed Council Ann Arbor Case example, Dr. Rick Rediske, Professor, GVSU Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute.

 

FARMING IMPACTS on LAKES and WATERSHEDS: Tom Zimnicki, MI Environmental Council, Ben Tirrell, Mgr. Right to Farm Program, MI Agriculture and Rural development, water expert-TBD

 

DEALING WITH THE SPREAD OF AIS and STARRY STONEWORT: Dr. Doug Pullman, Aquest, Dr. Douglas McLaughlin, senior scientist, and Scott Brown.

 

WAKE BOATS and IMPACTS FOR INLAND LAKES: and Michael Smith, Wake Boat Insurance issues, Nicki Polan, EX Dir MBIA, Brett Denese, Boat Sales, Dr. Paul Webb, U of M

 

UAVs to SUPPORT LAKE MANAGEMENT: Rob Karner, Watershed Biologist, Glen Lake, Jim Hamp, Crystal Lake and Dennis Wand, Zero Gravity

 

Lake Levels, Dams and the role of drain commissions on MI Inland Lakes- Brian J. Cenci, VP Stormwater Management Specialists

 

The above listing is just the beginning and more sessions are being developed.  Stay tuned for more info about this year’s conference!!!

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The Michigan Waterfront Alliance, Inc. recently launched a new website in order to more effectively promote its mission of preserving and protecting the high quality of Michigan’s inland waters and the riparian rights of waterfront property owners. Please take the time to view the new site!

 

www.mwai.org

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

Available from ML&SA Now!
 

The Practical Guide to Lakefront Living:
 

Enjoying and Conserving Your Lake

 

 

Lake ecology, natural shorelines, swimmers itch,

 

fishing with conservation in mind, e-coli bacteria, dock

 

riparian rights, algae blooms, Michigan boating law,

 

watershed management, aquatic invasive species, and

 

Special Assessment Districts, are just a few examples

 

of the important topics that are covered in this unique

 

guidebook that was written and published by ML&SA

 

with Michigan’s lakefront home owners in mind!
 

Click here  to order the guidebook now!

 

 

 

Available for download by  clicking here

 

 The guidebook is also available in printed form from

 

Michigan Lake and Stream Associations

 

Central Office by contacting

 

swagner@mlswa.org

 

 

 

 

Read about the latest news, events, and programs of the

Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership

by  clicking here

 

Learn about an exciting opportunity to qualify

your lakefront shoreline for recognition by visiting the

 

Michigan Shoreland Stewards Program website.

 

To download the January 2018 edition of the Michigan

 

Natural Shoreline Partnership newsletter, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michigan Clean Boats, Clean Waters Program
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Created to Help You Prevent New

Introductions of

 

Exotic Aquatic Invasive Species

 

 

Always strictly adhere to the mantra

“Clean – Drain – Dry – Dispose”
 

 

www.micbcw.org
 

 

 

 

The Michigan Riparian

An Affordable Opportunity to be Well Informed 

           and to Support Our Family of Lake and Stream
 

Stewardship Focused Organizations

 

 

www.mi-riparian.org
 

 

 

 

The Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) has been an important component of Michigan’s inland lakes monitoring program for over 40 years, which makes it the second oldest volunteer monitoring program for lakes in the country. The primary purpose of this cooperative program is to help citizen volunteers monitor indicators of water quality in their lake and document changes in lake quality over time. 
 

Since 1992, the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations (ML&SA) has administered the CLMP jointly with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
 

For more information about the CLMP, please visit
https://micorps.net/lake-monitoring / or contact Jean Roth at ML&SA at jroth@mlswa.org