The New England Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society (NEC-NALMS) is the only region wide organization addressing lake and lake watershed issues. Chartered in 1993, our purpose is to promote improved understanding of lakes, ponds, reservoirs and impoundments, and their watersheds; the ecosystem of which they are a part; and their protection, restoration and management. The objectives of NEC-NALMS are:
- to facilitate the exchange of information on the technical and administrative aspects of lake management;
- to promote public awareness of lake ecosystems;
- to encourage public support for national, regional, state and local programs promoting lake management;
- to provide guidance to public and private agencies involved in or planning lake management activities;
- to improve the professional status of all persons engaged in any aspect of lake management; and
- to identify needs and encourage research on lake ecology and watershed management.
To accomplish these goals, we partner with local and state organizations to develop a regional conference each spring. This conference endeavors to bring the latest in lake management issues to as broad an audience as possible, including agency personnel, lake association leaders, volunteers monitors, students and citizens – basically anyone who lives by, recreates on, works for, or just loves a lake. By providing an opportunity to meet with and learn from with individuals addressing similar issues throughout New England, NEC-NALMS facilitates the exchange of ideas and enhances the capacity of participating groups throughout the region.