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Lake Management

Course Code: EW0301CA20

Lake Management Training

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Last Held: November 7-8, 2019
8:30am - 4:30pm (Check in time on Day 1: 8:00am)

The next offering of this course will be held online on November 8, 10, and 12, 2021. View course details and register!



This past summer, residents statewide felt the recreational and economic impacts caused by Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs). What occurred this year that triggered intense blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) growth and the production of the cyanotoxins linked to human and pet health problems? How is the state tracking such blooms and what can we do to protect our lakes and reservoirs from experiencing a HAB? Learn this and much more in the Rutgers two-day Lake Management Course this November!

Whether you are a lake manager or a lake resident, an ecologist or an engineer, this popular two-day course is for you. From small ponds to large lakes, drinking water reservoirs to fishing lakes, if you want your lake and watershed management efforts to be successful you need a technically sound foundation. This course will give you the training needed to properly investigate and diagnose lake quality problems and to develop and implement cost-effective restoration measures.

This course will teach you how to evaluate what is needed to properly protect, manage and restore your pond, lake or reservoir. You will receive detailed instructions, including numerous case-study examples, of commonly implemented lake and pond restoration and management techniques. The interactive nature of the course will provide attendees with the opportunity to discuss the specific issues and problems impacting the condition of their waterbody.


DAY ONE: November 7, 2019

  • Overview of Ecology of Lakes, Ponds and Reservoirs
  • How to Design and Get the Most Out of a Water Quality Monitoring Program
  • Implementation of a Lake Restoration Plan
  • Identification of Invasive Aquatic Weeds and Nuisance Algae
  • Harmful Algae Blooms; Identifying, Preventing and Mitigating HABs
  • IPM Strategies - Proper Selection and Use of Algaecide and Herbicides
  • IPM Approach to the Integration of Pesticide Alternative Physical, Mechanical, Biological Techniques in the Control and Management of Algae and Aquatic Weeds

DAY TWO: November 8, 2019

  • Design and Implementation of a Dredging Project
  • Aeration System Alternatives
  • Floating Wetland Islands
  • Selection and Application of Nutrient Inactivants (Alum PACl and PhosLock)
  • Aquascaping Your Shoreline to Increase Resiliency, Habitat Quality and Aesthetics
  • Maximizing Your Recreational Fishery
  • Management Strategies for Controlling Canada Geese

Unable to attend both days? Take a moment to review the featured topics above and register for the one-day only option with your registration. Be sure to specify Thursday, November 7 or Friday, November 8!

Learner Objectives

Upon completion of the course, attendees will be able to evaluate small ponds and lakes and diagnose existing or potential future water quality issues. Following analysis, they will also be able to develop and implement cost-effective restoration measures to maintain water quality and/or restore quality to an acceptable level.

Meet the Lake Management course instructor!

Related Resource: View Water Quality Fact Sheets & Bulletins from the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station

Continuing Education Credits

The November 7-8, 2019 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

In addition to 1.6 Rutgers CEUs, this lake management training course has been approved for the following credits:

NJ Pesticide Applicators: Pending

NY Pesticide Applicators: Day 1: 5 credits in 5A
Day 2: 3 credits in 5A; 1 credit in 5C

DE Pesticide Applicators: 4 credits in 5A (Aquatic)

MD Pesticide Applicators: 8 credits in 5 - Aquatic

PA Pesticide Applicators: 4 credits in 9, 18, and 23

NALMS Certified Lake Managers/Professionals: 1.2 CEUs

NJ Water/Wastewater License Holders: 12 TCHs (6 per day - Approval #01-100901-30)

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) Credits: 14 hours

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): 16 CEUs

NY Landscape Architects: 14 hr CL

NJ Landscape Architects: 12 hours total (6 hours per day)

NJ Certified Public Works Managers: 5 Technical, 3 Management, 2 Government

ATTENTION HEALTH OFFICERS AND REGISTERED ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS: Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 13.0 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

NJ Professional Engineers: 12 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Credits

NY Professional Engineers: 11 PDHs (Day 1 = 6 PDHs, Day 2 = 5 PDHs).
**NOTE: If person has taken Pond Management, only Day 2 credits will be accepted for this course. This class may not be used to fulfill the land surveyors continuing education requirement in NYS.**

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA): 1.2 Education Points


Faculty Coordinator:

Stephen Souza, Lake Management Course Instructor

Dr. Stephen J. Souza is the owner of Clean Waters Consulting, LLC. He has over 35 years of project experience managing and restoring lakes, ponds, and reservoirs. Dr. Souza received his B.S. from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, his M.S. from Rutgers University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Souza is the Founder of Princeton Hydro, LLC and served as the company's President until his recent retirement from Princeton Hydro in 2019.

Dr. Souza has served as an instructor and course coordinator for the Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education for over 25 years. He is an Adjunct Professor at Temple University and also conducts professional continuing education courses at Montclair State University.

Dr. Souza is a past president of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS), as well as the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society (PALMS). He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC). Dr. Souza's achievements include the NJ-American Water Resources Association Peter J. Homack Award (2012), the NALMS Lake Management Success Story Award (2017), and the NYS Federation of Lake Associations Lake Tear of the Clouds Award (2018). He is a frequent guess speaker for the NJ Coalition of Lake Associations, as well as NJDEP, NYSDEC, and other entities dedicated to the protection, restoration, and management of water resources.


Registration Fee TBD
One Day Only TBD Please be sure to specify if you will attend on November 7 or November 8!
Cancellation Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Continental breakfast and deli buffet lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


We strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Rutgers Continuing Education at The Atrium
Suite 101, Room 120 Sequoia
300 Atrium Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


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Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Coordinator: Suzanne Hills, 848-932-7234
Administrative Assistant: Arleth Mendoza, 848-932-7764