Lake Work Group Sub-Pages:
on our subpages below to find out more about the following topics. And
bear with us – we're only just beginning!
- a. Ordinances /
Protections - Find model ordinances, overlays, and other
protection measures here. Got examples or more links for us? Please
send them our way by emailing Heather Edwards: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- b. Educational
Materials / Resources - Find links to helpful programs,
documents, and people – and do send us more! Email Heather Edwards: email@example.com.
- c. Lake
Associations - Find information here about existing lake
associations from Benzie, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and
Antrim Counties. Looking for resources to help you form a new lake
association? You’ll find that here, too. Got news about lake
associations and organizations we may not know about? Please tell us by
emailing Heather Edwards: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inland Lakes Program Gains Momentum
response to some work with Concerned Citizens of Arbutus Lake, NMEAC
formed a planning group to pull together those individuals and
organizations in our region who are interested in making positive
strides toward inland lakes protection. The work group consists of five
individuals (Ken Smith and Heather Edwards, NMEAC; Pete Munoz, SEEDS;
Joan Sheard, Arbutus Lake Association; and Myrna Yeakle, Concerned
Citizens of Arbutus Lake), who began meeting late last summer to design
discussions and working sessions meant to address threats to our inland
offered the first Inland Lakes Forum in October 2006 to bring together
local officials, environmental advocacy groups, lake association
representatives, and riparian owners. The aim of this first forum was
to discuss potential threats and issues our region’s sensitive inland
lakes are facing, from Benzie to Kalkaska Counties. Approximately 60
people attended the first forum, which kicked off NMEAC’s plans to
expand the discussion into concrete workgroups aimed at making progress
toward true lake protection around the region.
next meet-up took place on March 15th, and was specifically designed to
draw out those from the first forum who wanted to work on issues facing
our lakes. The three work groups coming out of the March session were:
Ordinances / Lake Protection, led by Ken Smith and Pete Munoz;
Educational Resources / Informational Materials, led by Myrna Yeakle;
and Strengthening Lake Associations, led by Heather Edwards and Joan
30 people came out and divided themselves into the work groups they
were most interested in. Facilitated brainstorming resulted in plenty
of objectives each group wanted to accomplish over the next six months.
groups reported out findings and shared information on June 14, 2007.
The groups also shared goals for the next three months and will plan a
public forum around East Bay Township’s proposed ordinance as summer
advances. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.