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Lake Management


Course Code: EW0301WA22

Lake Management Training

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Date & Time

November 10-12, 2021
8:30am - 1:00pm EST (Log-in time: 8:00am EST)



Recently, residents statewide have felt the recreational and economic impacts caused by Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs). What occurred 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 online Lake Management Course this November!

Whether you are a lake manager or a lake resident, an ecologist or an engineer, this online 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.


  • 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
  • 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

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.

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

Meet Your Instructor
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.

Continuing Education Credits

In addition to 1.2 Rutgers CEUs, this lake management training course has been approved for the following credits:

NJ Pesticide Applicators: Pending

NY Pesticide Applicators: Pending

DE Pesticide Applicators: Pending

MD Pesticide Applicators: Pending

PA Pesticide Applicators: Pending

NALMS Certified Lake Managers/Professionals: Pending

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

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) Credits: Pending

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Pending

NY Landscape Architects: Pending

NJ Landscape Architects: Pending

NJ Certified Public Works Managers: Pending

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). CEs for Lake Management are still pending.

NJ Professional Engineers: Pending

NY Professional Engineers: Pending

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA): Pending

The Wildlife Society: Pending


Early Registration Fee $475.00 Register on or before October 20, 2021 and save!
Registration Fee $495.00 After October 20, 2021
Cancellation Fee $100.00  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


No meals will be provided.

Accessing this Online Course

This online course will be delivered via Zoom. Registrants will receive more information as we move close to the course date and on November 9, they will receive an email with a link to access the course and a document with tips on how to use Zoom.

Equipment you will need to access this training:

  • Laptop or desktop computers are required for this class
  • Speakers and microphone are not necessary as a call in option is available

Photo ID Requirement:

Each registrant will be asked provide a photo of him/herself holding their government-issued photo ID. This is required by credit boards so that you may receive credits for participating in this online course.

  • You will receive a reminder email prior to the start of the class with further instructions. Wait to receive these instructions before you attempt to upload your ID.
  • The photo must be clear enough that we can read your name and verify that the person pictured on the ID is in fact the person holding it.
  • After an OCPE staff member reviews the picture and verifies your identity, you will have access to participate in the course when it begins.


  • If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with co-workers.

  • If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with your co-workers or supervisor, you must update your account with a unique email address. Click the Register Online button below and sign into your account. On the left side toolbar, click My Account. On the drop-down menu, click Edit Profile/Password. Scroll down to the Email Address field (not the secondary email address field!) and enter your own, individual (not shared!) email address here. Click the Submit button at the bottom to save. If you need assistance updating your account, please email or call (848-932-9271, option 2) our Registration Department.

Note: Pre-registration is required.


Registration will close at midnight on November 9, 2021.

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Program Coordinator: Suzanne Hills, 848-932-7234
Administrative Assistant: Sarah McCarthy, 848-932-7703