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The Florida Lake Management Society will hold its 23rd annual conference June 18-21 in Gainesville. The theme of the conference, "Lake Management in a Time of Budget Cuts," was chosen to address the additional challenges created for lake managers as a result of the current austere economic situation.

The conference features speakers talking about all aspects of surface water management and has a trade exhibit with vendors of products and services that anyone involved in pond/lake/aquatic plant management might find useful. There are several workshops planned for Monday, June 18th, and participants can register for them separately. There will also be evening social events and a golf tournament.

FLMS has offered a discount to all lake and pond volunteers, including Adopt-a-Pond, Lake Management, Stream Water Watch and Florida LAKEWATCH programs. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, simply enter, "Adopt-A-Pond" in the 'affiliation' box on the registration form.

Abbreviated Conference Agenda:
For a full conference agenda, download the complete program schedule

Monday, June 18:
• Workshops (Spatial Analysis, Advanced Data Management, DEP Measures of Floral Health, Lake Vegetation Assessment, Use of Alum in Lake Management)

Tuesday, June 19:
• Plenary Talks ("A provocative look at ecological engineering and its role in lake management", "integrating water resource monitoring agencies throughout Florida")
• Session 1: FDEP Staff Discuss the Changes in Responsibilities with new Numeric Criteria
• Lunch, with guest speaker Ann Shortelle, Water Policy Director, FDEP
• Session 2: Meeting Regulatory Requirements
• Session 3: Policy, Ecological Economics and Grassroots Programs
• FLMS Chapter Meetings
• Poster Sessions
• Exhibitors' Social
• Gainesville Downtown

Wednesday, June 20:
• Session 5: Florida’s Springs Session I
• Session 6: New Technology and Established BMPs Part I
• Lunch/FLMS Annual Meeting
• Session 7: New Technology and Established BMPs Part II
• Session 8: New Technology and Established BMPs Part III
• FLMS Board Meeting
• Student Meet & Greet

Thursday, June 21:
• Session 9: Effective Monitoring
• Session 10: Low Cost – High Quality Analysis Tools for the Trade
• Student Awards and Closing Remarks
• Field Trips (GRU Kanapaha Reclaimed Water Facility, TREEO Water Garden, Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park with guides from FDEP/FWC)

The trade exhibit area will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday.