Experts worldwide convene in Madison for International Symposium on freshwater lakes

October 18, 2005
Sue Jones 224-3764
Land & Water Resources

Did you know that Madison is the birthplace of limnology, the study of freshwater lakes? Maybe that explains why Lake Mendota is said to be the most researched lake in the world and why the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) has chosen it as the site of its 25th Annual International Symposium at Monona Terrace, November 9-11. This special anniversary symposium, “Lake Æffects: Exploring the Relationship between People and Water -- 25 Years of the North American Lake Management Society,” explores the relationship between people and lakes and their watersheds, recognizing that each affects, and has an effect on, the other. This is a rare opportunity for anyone interested to hear lake and watershed experts from around the globe share their knowledge and research about effective ways of protecting, managing and restoring lakes for the benefit of all. A special day-long event devoted to Dane County waters, “Madison’s Lakes and Nearby Waters,” will be presented on Friday, November 11, featuring David Mollenhoff, the author of the highly acclaimed book “Madison: A History of the Formative Years,” and the UW-Madison’s world renowned ecologist Stephen Carpenter, who will put Lake Mendota’s problems in context with global eutrophication concerns. Welcoming remarks by Madison Mayor David Cieslewicz and an overview of Dane County’s water resources by Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk will kick off the session. Speakers will highlight current lake management activities as well as emphasize important future challenges that will require an integrated approach with strong citizen support and involvement to effectively manage, protect and restore our local waters. A panel discussion follows the presentations which will provide opportunities for audience participation. An informal reception will follow. To encourage local citizen attendance and participation in these important discussions of local lake and stream management, a special $40 registration fee that includes lunch at Monona Terrace has been arranged. Registration deadline for this special session is October 31. Visit or to register and for details. # # #