Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute
Many of Michigan’s 36,000 miles of streams and 11,000 lakes are facing pressure from competing human uses, and local communities often struggle to protect and manage these valuable aquatic resources in a way that incorporates the best available knowledge and resources. Concerned citizens, decision makers, resource managers, and waterfront property owners can learn to be more effective stewards of Michigan’s waterways by enrolling in the Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute.
Participants take part in classroom and field-based sessions designed to help them better understand local water resource management planning and program implementation. Expert presenters from academia, natural resource agencies, and local communities cover topics including watershed management, lake and stream ecology, environmental education, leadership, and working with local and state government. The Institute is conducted through five in-depth sessions held across Michigan.
Participants complete an independent applied project, based on what they learn during the Institute sessions. Projects can be designed to match each participant’s area of interest. Past examples include organizing public forums or educational programs related to lakes and streams, initiating projects that protect or promote water quality, assisting in local water resource management activities or conducting water quality monitoring studies.
Upon graduation, participants become part of the Institute’s Alumni Program which offers networking, educational, and service opportunities, including Alumni Symposia held every other year. Institute alumni include property owners, drain commissioners, professors, non-profit organization representatives, students, and state and local government personnel.
The Lake and Stream Leaders Institute is a cooperative program of Michigan State University Extension, the Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc., with support from the Paul H. Young Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
The next Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute will take place in 2015.
Aquatic Ecologist and Outreach Specialist
MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Natural Resources Building
480 Wilson Road, Room 13
East Lansing, MI 48824