Protecting Pennsylvania Lakes for Future Generations

The Pennsylvania Lake Management Society commonly known as “PALMS” or “PA Lakes” is a non-profit organization dedicated to the management, restoration, and protection of Pennsylvania’s lakes and surrounding watersheds. PALMS is comprised of lake and watershed associations, concerned citizens and watershed management professionals from the private and public sector with the common interest of protecting Pennsylvania lakes for future generations.

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ABSTRACTS due Nov 18th!

We are now accepting Abstracts for the 33rd Annual PALMS conference. 

Abstract Format

Title: The title should accurately summarize the subject of the proposed presentation.
Author(s): Provide names and professional affiliation of all authors, mailing addresses, telephone, and e-mail. Note the presenting author.
Abstract: The single-spaced abstract should state the purpose, approach, significant results, and main conclusions/management implications of your work. This information may be used to obtain applicator re-certification credits for attendees. Abstracts must not exceed 250 words.
Biographical Sketch: Please provide presenter education and experience as related to the presentation topic. Bio should not exceed 150 words.
Submission Details
Please forward abstracts with the required information to Kate Harms via e-mail at or via regular mail to PALMS, PO Box 171, Mertztown, PA 19539. All requested information should be submitted by November 18, 2022.
Thank you for considering presenting at the 2023 PALMS conference!
Questions may be directed to Kate at the above e-mail address



2023 PALMS Annual Conference

 2023 PALMS Conference will be held Feb 28-March 1, 2023

The 33nd Annual PALMS Conference will be held at the Wyndham Garden State College

 310 Elks Club Rd, Boalsburg, PA 16827 

Registration will open in January

We look forward to connecting with you for:

  • Panel discussion
  • Keynote speaker
  • Live Concurrent sessions
  • Applicator credits
  • Exhibitors
  • Lake awards and so much more

NEW! Online Aquatic Pesticide Course

Penn State Extension’s Aquatic Pesticide Management: Using Aquatic Herbicides for Pond Weeds and Algae. 

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Governor Wolf and the House of Representatives declare July as Lakes Appreciation Month in Pennsylvania!

 July has been proclaimed Lakes Appreciation Month in Pennsylvania by Governor Tom Wolf.  In further support, Representative Parke Wentling, introduced a resolution declaring July 2019 as “Lakes Appreciation Month” in Pennsylvania.  The House of Representatives recognized the month under House Resolution 366 and the Senate passed Senate Resolution 177 sponsored by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne). 

You can view the full press release here: Press-Release-Lake-Apprec-2019docx2.pdf