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WATERLINE - June, 2024

Save the date for the combined OLA/WALPA 2024 conference in October! Submit your abstract now!

The Oregon Lakes Association (OLA) and Washington State Lake Protection Association (WALPA) have combined forces for our next conference at the University Place Hotel & Conference Center in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday through Friday October 9-11, 2024. This year’s theme is Limnology – The Next Generation. Come learn about the many awesome advancements in lake research and management.

Wednesday and Thursday will be full days of learning sessions, starting each day with exciting plenary speakers. Wednesday evening will include a social event with poster presentations on research by students and others, and live and silent auctions to raise funds for student scholarships. Friday morning will be dedicated to half-day workshops and a field trip. Potential learning sessions include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel lake monitoring technologies, including satellite-based and eDNA monitoring
  • Exciting new lake management technologies
  • Student research
  • Climate change and adaptive management
  • Nutrient pollution sources
  • Harmful algal bloom (HAB) research
  • Aquatic invasive species
  • Algae and aquatic plant management
  • Fish ecology
  • Urban lakes
  • Volunteer monitoring and citizen science
  • Conservation of lake ecosystems


Share your latest project or research by submitting an abstract for the conference. Abstracts may be submitted for oral presentations and posters.

Submit your abstract online at OLA’s website.

Your submission should include:

  • your presentation title
  • author(s), noting the lead presenter and any student authors
  • your preference for an oral or poster presentation
  • whether you prefer to present on Wednesday or Thursday
  • an abstract of 300 words/3,000 characters or less (.docx or .pdf format)

Questions about abstract content? Contact Rob Zisette (WALPA)

More conference details and a registration link will be available soon on both OLA’s website HERE and WALPA’s website HERE. Register with either organization. We look forward to seeing you all there!