March 22nd-24th 2018
BW Park Regency Hotel & Conference Center, Bloomington Illinois
Located in Bloomington, IL, the hotel is offering a special rate of $72 per night. This rate included a complimentary breakfast coupon. To ensure that you get this rate please call the hotel directly at 309-662-4300 ext. 5 and mention that you are with the Illinois Lake Management Association. There are a mix of King and Double Queen rooms available. The deadline to receive the special rate is February 21, 2018.
The Park Regency offers cozy, elegant comfort along with a wide array of features and services. 70 designer rooms and suites, accommodations include plush bedding, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet, 32-inch flat screen TVs, in-room refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, safe lockers, made-to-order breakfast or hot breakfast buffet and more. The banquet halls feature state-of the-art audio-visual equipment that include projectors, touch-screen consoles, premium sound systems and wireless Internet access.
Online Conference registration is now available! There will be 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).
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.
A Call for Presentations topics have been announced, Learn More
In addition to presentations, an optional special poster session will be held one evening.
Online Exhibitor Registration is now available!
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 business through advertisement within the Conference Program distributed to all attendees.
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.
March 22nd – 24th General Conference Schedule (PDF)
[8:00-9:45] – Registration Opens
[9:45-11:15] – Concurrent Sessions #1
Session 1a: Algae Part 1
Session 1b: Nutrients
[11:30-12:00] – P2D2: A Problem + an Idea + a Bunch of Kids = a Solution
[12:00-1:30] – Lunch Break & Scholarship Announcements
[1:30-3:00] – Concurrent Sessions #2
Session 2a: Algae Part 2
Session 2b: Watershed Management
[3:00-3:30] – Break
[3:30-5:00] – Keynote Session
[5:00-6:00] – Exhibitors Reception
[6:00-7:30] – Dinner & Annual Member Meeting
[7:30-9:30] – Trivia night at BraiZe
[8:30-10:00] – Concurrent Sessions #3
Session 3b: Dredging
[10:00-10:30] – Break
[10:30-12:00] – Concurrent Sessions #4
Session 4a: Developing and Sustaining HOA Lake Committees Panel discussion with representatives from Bangs Lake, Tower Lakes, Timberlake, & Lake Burlington →
Session 4b: Fish Habitat
[12:00-1:00] – Lunch
[1:00-2:30] – Closing Session #5
Session 5: Climate Impacts
[2:30-2:45] – Closing Remarks/Raffles
[8:00-12:00] WORKSHOP Midwestern Waterfowl and Shorebirds
At this workshop, Michael Bowers of the Audubon Society of Illinois will share his decades of experience on bird watching to help increase the chances of checking off those species on your birding bucket list. This workshop will focus on waterfowl and shoreline birds, but will provide a wide expanse of knowledge on bird identification and where to find them.