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March 30th-April 1st 2017
Holiday Inn, Crystal Lake Conference Center

  Crystal Lake Conference Center

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in every room. Other amenities include a tranquil resort-style heated indoor pool with an outdoor pool deck that overlooks the lake. On-site Fitness Center filled with a variety of machines, from elliptical to weights, provide for a full fitness workout. The Three Oaks Lodge Restaurant is available onsite for appetizers, full meals and cocktails. Holiday Inn Crystal Lake also has a full service 24-Hour Business Center available for use.

Guests can make reservations by calling the hotel directly at 815-477-7000 and request a room under group block name (Illinois Lake Management Association) or online by using the online booking page before cut-off date of March 1, 2017


Online Conference registration is now available. There are two methods of registration: online, and mail-in form.

Online registration uses Paypal, which accepts major Credit Cards.

Mail-in form will need a form of payment included, (Check or money order).

Late Registration: A $20 Late fee will be added if Conference registration is not received by March 16 .

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  Call For Presenters

We will be looking to fill out our conference sessions with talks and presentations from professionals, teachers, students, or others with detailed knowledge on issues associated with research and management on lakes, waterways, watersheds, and fisheries.

Presentations will be approximately 20 to 25 minutes with Q/A to follow.

Topic have been announced, please visit Call for Presenters to submit before January 13th, 2017.

In addition to presentations, an optional special poster session will be held one evening.


Online Exhibitor Registration is now Available Or print and complete Exhibitor Registration Form, submit it with your check and mail to Illinois Lake Management Association, P.O. Box 20655, Springfield, IL 62708.

Exhibitor registration will includes exhibit space (8x8 foot wide booth) with skirted table, electricity, meals, breaks, Exhibitor Reception, all program materials, and a Corporate ILMA Membership good for one year. 

Promotional Opportunities Conference Exhibitors have an option to make a contribution to help underwrite the cost of the social gatherings.  All Sponsors will receive special recognition in the Conference Program, as well as throughout the Conference.

Program Advertising Exhibitors will have the option to promote their buisness through advertisment within the Conference Program distributed to all attendees.

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  Additional Information

Photo Contest: Don’t forget to capture a great photo this summer! At each conference you can cast your vote for the ILMA photograph of the year. Photos will be on display near the raffle items. The winner will receive $50 and will be featured on the next conference program.

Name Tags: Attendees need to wear their nametag during the conference. Nametags are both a ‘ticket’ for conference meals and events, and helpful for sparking conversations with faces you don’t know.

Raffle Items: An auction raffle will be held one evening during the conference. It only takes one ticket to win, but your odds only get better with more tickets! All proceeds go towards the ILMA scholarship.


Program Guide (PDF)

The 32nd annual conference will feature a wide variety of lake-centric presentations on such topics as in-lake processes, watershed issues, lake protection and restoration projects, climate variability, planning and policy, using VLMP data, algae, and carp. Two full days of technical sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday, March 30-31. On Saturday, April 1, a half-day workshop will cover all the steps needed for writing a lake management plan (see next page for more details). The complete agenda and speaker list will be available on the ILMA website in February. Professional development hours (PDHs) will be available for attendees: 10 PDHs will be provided for attending the 2 days of conference sessions; 4 PDHs will be provided for attending the Saturday workshop.

Keynote address by special guest, author John Scott Watson
John will discuss his experience with the Prairie Crossings community. This residential development was carved out of century-old farmland near Chicago, Illinois, and is a novel experiment in urban public policy that preserves 69 percent of the land as open space. The for-profit project has set out to do nothing less than use access to nature as a means to challenge America's failed culture of suburban sprawl.

Illinois Lake Management Association’s 32nd Annual Conference March 30th – April 1st General Conference Schedule


[8:00-10:00] – Registration Opens

[10:00-11:30] – Concurrent Sessions #1
Session 1a: Algae Issues
Sandy Kubillus (ILM) → Will Aeration Control Algae?
Javon Minor (Northwater) → Muck munching II: Two years of in-lake organic sediment management
Kyla Jacobsen (City of Elgin) → Algae Blooms and Drinking Water Challenges in the Fox River

Session 1b: Restoration Activities
Brian Valleskey (Manhard) → Performing Shoreline restoration in a T&E Species Hatchery
Bob Kirshner (Chicago Botanic Gardens) → Creating Native Shoreline Landscapes
Ted Gray (Living Waters Consultants) → Converting Degraded Detention Basins

[11:30-1:00] – Lunch Break & Scholarship Announcements

[1:00-2:30] – Concurrent Sessions #2
Session 2a: Watershed Views
Robert Kay (USGS) → Monitoring Wells Installed for a Tunnel and Reservoir Plan System
Jeff Boeckler (Northwater) → Watershed Management; an Interactive Web-based System
Brent Register (YSI) → Stormwater Monitoring Basics

Session 2b: Exhibitors Session (Sponsored)
Assorted → This session will feature brief 10min presentations from vendors on materials and techniques for lake management activities

[2:30-3:00] – Break

[3:00-5:00] – Keynote Session
John Watson (University of Chicago) → Prairie Crossing: Creating an American Conservation Community
Joe Keller (Fox Waterway Agency) → Fox Waterway Agency: View from America’s busiest Waterway

[5:00-6:00] – Poster Session & Exhibitors Reception

[6:00-7:30] – Dinner & Annual Member Meeting


[8:30-10:00] – Concurrent Sessions #3
Session 3a: Climate Change and Lakes
Diane Tancl (IEPA) → Climate Change, HABs, Monitoring, and Regulations
Angela Larson (Alliance for the Great Lakes) → Water Resilience: Planning in Great Lakes Cities
Josh Ellis (Metropolitan Planning Council) → Getting out in front of Climate Change

Session 3b: Complicating Water Resources
Steve Frank (City of Springfield) → Springfield’s Quest for a Supplemental Water Supply
John Mayer (ERA Consulting) → Competing Land Uses, Serving Urban Development and Recreational Areas
Marj Brooks (SIU, Carbondale) → CyanoHAB Remediation Case Study: Campus Lake

[10:00-10:30] – Break

[10:30-12:00] – Concurrent Sessions
#4 Session 4a: Associations and Volunteering
Pete Mesha (Lake Wildwood) → QGIS as a Powerful Lakes Management Tool
Tom Kubala & Nick Adams (Tower Lakes) → Dredging Plans and Implementation
Joe Rush & Michelle Nicol (VLMP) → VLMP, More than just a Sheet of Data

Session 4b: What to do about Carp!
Frank Jakubicek (IDNR), Leonard Dane (Deuchler), & Tim Gardner (Clarke) → Panel Discussion

[12:00-1:00] – Lunch

[1:00-2:30] – Concurrent Session #5
Session 5a: Policies and Practice
Amy Walkenbach (IEPA) → Statewide Nutrient Management Programs
Julie Kinzelman (City of Racine) → Implementing Restoration at Samuel Myers Park
Jen Walling (IEC) → 2017 Illinois Lead Testing Law

Session 5b: Lake Dynamics (Limnology 101)
A panel of lake experts will be providing a crash course in the fundamentals of how lakes evolve, and how to connect the dots between lake dynamics and lake management.

[2:30-2:45] – Closing Remarks

[8:00-12:00] WORKSHOP

WORKSHOP: Get it in Writing: Steps for Developing Your Lake Management Plan
At your fingertips, you probably have all sorts of plans: financial plans, health care plans, landscaping plans… but does your lake have a plan? And, not just an “in your head” kind of plan, but a written document in an organized format that incorporates lake use and management goals with actionable objectives to address problems? Start generating that lake management plan today!

At this workshop, Lake County Health Department, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Crystal Lake Park District, and Hey and Associates, Inc. representatives will explain the types of information needed to make local lake management decisions, offer a format for summarizing information and debating alternatives, and provide a local example of community commitment to a lake. Workshop topics will include:

• Developing goals and objectives for your lake management plan
• Assessing lake user needs and identifying problems and concerns
• Gathering lake and watershed data and information
• Considering options and making decisions
• Hands on use of tools and worksheets (provided!) to develop an individualized management plan for your lake
• The successes and challenges of developing and implementing the Crystal Lake Protection Plan

Field trip:
• Following the classroom session, an optional field trip will visit a few lake protection projects around nearby Crystal Lake