The Michigan Inland Lakes Convention is scheduled for May 1-3 at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Mich.

The convention, with the theme of Partnering to Protect Michigan’s Inland Lakes, will offer sessions for professionals, students, local and state government officials, lake practitioners, consultants, riparian landowners and anyone who loves Michigan lakes! This is the first time major lake and shoreline organizations throughout Michigan are coordinating efforts to host a statewide convention. The convention will feature plenary and concurrent sessions, half day and full day workshops, tours, exhibits, and much more — all focused on Michigan’s 11,000 inland lakes.

On May 2, Erik Eckl, communication expert and founder of Water Words that Work, will present the plenary address, “The World Outside: What They Say About Why Your Work Matters,” focusing on how to communicate more effectively about Michigan’s inland lakes.

Bill Rustem, Director of Strategy for Governor Rick Snyder, will also join the convention. Mr. Rustem will focus on the conference theme of partnerships with his address “Successful Partnerships – Importance to Government.”

Session and workshops will include:

  • “Water Words That Work” communications workshop
  • The latest in inland lake research
  • Aquatic invasive species
  • Natural shorelines
  • Harmful algae blooms
  • Riparian rights and water law
  • Youth stewardship development
  • Septic maintenance and alternatives
  • Lake protection tools for local governments
  • Cooperative Lakes Monitoring program training

For the latest information on sessions, workshops and registration visit:

The 2014 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention is brought to you by the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership, launched in 2008 to promote collaboration to advance stewardship of Michigan’s inland lakes. The Convention is a cooperative effort between many public and private organizations including the Michigan Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society, Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc., Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and the Michigan State University Institute of Water Research.

Questions about the Convention can be directed to Dr. Jo Latimore, MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, at or 517-432-1491.