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ESS Presents at Annual NEC-NALMS Lake Management Conference

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Marlborough, MA – Carl Nielsen, ESS Group, Inc. Vice President and Certified Lake Manager, will present on shoreline erosion at the New England Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society (NEC-NALMS) annual conference on May 20-21, 2016. This year’s conference is co-hosted by the Massachusetts Congress of Lake and Pond Associations (COLAP), and spotlights specific strategies for promoting the ecological health of lakes.

While shoreline erosion has historically been viewed as a low priority problem, recent studies conducted in Massachusetts found that lakes, even those with relatively undeveloped shorelines, can be impacted significantly by small and localized stormwater discharges. ESS will present methods for quantifying these impacts and profile four Massachusetts Lakes (Flowering Pond in Newburyport, Lost Lake in Groton, White Pond in Concord, and Walden Pond in Concord), where shoreline erosion was a major component of the annual phosphorus load. The case studies will reveal the warning signs of rapid shoreline erosion, and ESS will share sustainable and cost-effective solutions.

The conference, held in a different New England state each year, engages industry leaders through a series of presentations, workshops, exhibitions, and vendors. Topics covered include:

  • Shoreline erosion assessment and control
  • Algae identification and control
  • Aquatic plant identification
  • Low-impact development (LID) techniques for homeowners
  • Funding programs

NEC-NALMS seeks to facilitate the exchange of information on the technical and administrative aspects of lake management, as well as promote public awareness and support national, regional, state, and local programs that support lake management activities. The organization frequently partners with other like-minded organizations, such as COLAP, an organization that works to preserve and protect the aesthetic and recreational quality of lakes and ponds around Massachusetts.

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