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Monday, January 23, 2012 - New products available from the USDA/NASA Reservoir and Lake Monitor
From Charon Birkett, ESSIC/UMD: "We would like to announce that new lake-level products are available at the USDA Global Reservoir and Lake Monitor web site.

The new products are based on archival radar altimeter data from the ESA ENVISAT mission. They currently span the 2002-2011 period and have a 35-day temporal resolution. Future phases of the project will extend these time series back to 1994 (via ESA/ERS data), and add a near real time element with data from the future ISRO/CNES-SARAL (2012) and ESA/Sentinel-3 (2013) missions.

The new ENVISAT products are preliminary (Env.1.4) and accessible via point and click on a global map. Additional lake/reservoir targets will be added throughout 2012 with refinement of products as techniques improve.

Coming soon!

1) New 10-day temporal resolution “TPJO.2” products based on the higher resolution NASA/CNES Jason-2/OSTM mission data. These will replace the existing TPJO.1 products that users have been downloading since 2003.

2) The availability of reference datum and geoid profile products for each lake, for both the 10-day and 35-day surface water level products. These will assist users in transferring the altimetric time series into various mean sea level and local datum.

See the above web site news bulletin for details, and as always we welcome comments, queries and validations."

Sunday, August 2, 2009 - LakeNet dissolves US-based nonprofit but continues world lakes website
At the end of 2008, the Board of Trustees of LakeNet dissolved the nonprofit organization known as "LakeNet" and handed the website over to private management. The LakeNet website was developed between 1998-2008 by a global network of people and organizations in more than 100 countries dedicated to the conservation and sustainable development of lake ecosystems. The network Secretariat was a U.S.-based nonprofit organization governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees and supported by a team of professional staff. LakeNet's website (www.worldlakes.org) is now managed privately by its co-founders.

Monday, September 25, 2006 - LakeNet Trustees Solicit Expression of Interest for Partnership to Host the LakeNet Secretariat
The Board of Trustees of LakeNet seeks a partnership with a U.S.-based university or nonprofit organization to host the international secretariat, to collaborate in accessing operational and project funding, and to provide facilities and staff to support its work.

LakeNet is undergoing a transition in leadership prompted by the impending retirement of its co-founders, David Read Barker and Lisa Borre. New leadership on the Board of Trustees, coupled with LakeNet’s stature and history of accomplishment, offers an opportunity for partnership with a university or nonprofit organization to advance efforts worldwide to promote the protection and restoration of lake ecosystems.

An expression of interest from interested parties is requested by October 30, 2006. Further detail about the solicitation is provided in the document linked below.

See also:
LakeNet Solicitation of Expression of Interest for Partnership (9/25/2006 Final)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - LakeNet Enters New Era of Leadership
Michael J. Donahue, Ph.D., has been elected chairman of the board of trustees of LakeNet, a global environmental organization presently based in Annapolis, Maryland. Dr. Donahue, corporate vice president of water resources and environmental services for global consulting firm URS Corporation, assumed leadership of the organization at a recent board meeting at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources in Burlington. Donahue brings almost 30 years of experience to LakeNet, including his term as President/CEO of the Great Lakes Commission. He has special expertise in water system planning, policy development and governance.

See also:
News Release - LakeNet Enters New Era of Leadership (7/18/2006 Final)

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - Indonesia plane crash kills two leaders of Lake Toba protection efforts
LakeNet is saddened to learn that the current and former governors of North Sumatra, Indonesia, were among those killed in a plane crash at Medan airport earlier this month. Governor Teuku Rizal Nurdin and his predecessor, Raja Inal Siregar, were both active in efforts to protect Lake Toba and to share information about lake management through a sister lakes exchange program with Lake Champlain in the U.S. and Canada. They were on their way from Medan to Jakarta using Mandala Airline when the plane crashed into a busy Jamin Ginting Street in the dense residential area, 500 meters from the Polonia airport. Sixteen out of 117 passengers and 5 crews survived.

Friday, May 13, 2005 - Hungarian delegation from Lake Balaton to visit Annapolis and U.S. Lake Regions
An international delegation from Hungary will visit Annapolis on Monday, May 16, to learn about tourism development on the Chesapeake Bay and to meet with leaders of LakeNet, a global lakes network headquartered in Annapolis. The visit is part of an exchange program organized by LakeNet and the International Institute for Education on behalf of the International Visitor Leadership Program of the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. The objective of these official International Visitors from Hungary is to learn about tourism development and environmental protection issues in the United States.

The group will spend several days in the Finger Lakes region of New York before traveling to Ohio and Michigan in the Great Lakes region for a two-week study tour organized by LakeNet. They also will explore the feasibility of establishing a sister lake relationship with one of the lakes they visit.

See also:
News Release - Hungarian Delegation to Visit Annapolis for International Exchange (5/13/2005 Final)

Thursday, May 5, 2005 - Two important Philippine lake advocates die in helicopter crash
LakeNet is shocked and saddened by the tragic death of two of its members and important lake leaders in the Philippines. Dr. Raymundo S. Punongbayan, the president of the Philippine Lakes Network (PLaNet), and Dr. Norman Tungol, Vice President of PLaNet for the island of Luzon, died in a helicopter crash on April 28 while conducting a survey of landslide areas. Both were founding members of PLaNet, a county-wide network formed with support from LakeNet.

Dr. Punongbayan was doing his work as a Red Cross Governor. The survey was for disaster preparedness so as to prevent loss of lives which actually happened a few months ago when the area was hit by a strong typhoon. Dr. Punongbayan is a well-known geologist in the Philippines. He has shown expemplary service in goverment and became internationally known during the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. Dr. Tungol, also a very distinguished geologist, would have been 40 this May.

Reported by: Adelina Santos-Borja from Manila

See also:
Dr. Raymundo S. Punongbayan was Inquirer's first Filipino of the Year (4/29/2005 Final)

Wednesday, April 20, 2005 - LakeNet president to be interviewed on National Public Radio about the recently released Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
LakeNet president Dr. David Read Barker will be interviewed on National Public Radio concerning the recently released Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, on Thursday, 21 April, from 10:00 to 10:30, on radio station WOSU in Columbus, Ohio. The radio show is “Open Line” and can be listened to live at www.wosu.org/am/openline.php. The show will also be archived on the WOSU website. LakeNet, a global lake protection network with members in more than 100 countries, has been active in preparing the inland waters portion of the Millennium Assessment. A synthesis report was released on 30 March 2005. For more information about the assessment, visit: www.millenniumassessment.org.

See also:
News Release - LakeNet global water expert interviewed on National Public Radio (4/21/2005 Final)

Tuesday, March 22, 2005 - LakeNet Celebrates World Water Day 2005 with Launch of New e-Forum
LakeNet is recognizing World Water Day 2005 with the launch of an e-Forum for the Global Environment Facility International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IW:LEARN) project. As Partnership Activity Leader for the lakes component of the project, LakeNet will be facilitating an e-Forum dialogue and face-to-face discussions at two International Waters Conferences. The first invitation-only conference will take place in Brazil this June.

Monday, January 31, 2005 - LakeNet Teams with Art.com to Create a Lake Art Gallery
LakeNet and Art.com have teamed up to offer the latest posters and prints of lakes and related topics from the LakeNet website. Art.com will contribute a portion of the proceeds from the sale of items in the Lake Art Gallery to LakeNet.

See also:
Lake Art Gallery (1/30/2005 Final)

Monday, October 18, 2004 - LakeNet Teams with Lake Champlain Partners on New Exhibit at ECHO
Using a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) New England Office, LakeNet teamed up with ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) and other partners to create “Wide World of Lakes,” an interactive, hands-on exhibit at Lake Champlain’s science center and lake aquarium in Burlington, Vermont. The results of the cooperative project, announced today in recognition of World Water Monitoring Day, are a unique collection of educational activities that explore the physical, cultural, and ecological diversity of lakes around the world and demonstrate the critical importance of clean water to life on our planet.

See also:
News Release - LakeNet Teams with Lake Champlain Partners on New Exhibit at ECHO (10/18/2004 Final)
Wide World of Lakes Exhibit and Programs at ECHO ( Final)
World Water Monitoring Day Website (10/18/2004 Final)

Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - LakeNet Annual Report for 2003 Available Online
The Annual Report 2003 describes LakeNet's key global and local activities during the year, including the Lake Basin Management Initiative, technical and financial assistance projects, website enhancements and partnerships.

See also:
LakeNet Annual Report 2003 (7/26/2004 Final)

Tuesday, June 22, 2004 - Media Spotlight on LakeNet in Michigan Newspaper
The Grand Rapids Press, the hometown newspaper of LakeNet director Lisa Borre, ran a feature article in the Sunday Flair section about LakeNet, "Preservationists Build Watertight Relationships."

See also:
Preservationists Build Watertight Relationships (5/16/2004 Final)

Wednesday, March 24, 2004 - Two Ecologists Receive 2004 Stockholm Water Prize for Outstanding Contributions for the World’s Lakes and Wetlands
The 2004 Stockholm Water Prize has been awarded to Professors Sven Erik Jørgensen, Denmark, and William J. Mitsch, USA. Through their pre-eminent contributions to the knowledge of how lakes and wetlands function, Professors Jørgensen and Mitsch have contributed substantially to understanding how to make human use of them more sustainable and how to protect them better in the future. Professor Jørgensen is a member of LakeNet's international steering committee and is also chairman of the International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC) scientific committee.

See also:
News Release - Stockholm International Water Institute (3/24/2004 Final)

Thursday, March 4, 2004 - LakeNet Elects New Leadership on Board of Trustees
LakeNet Trustees Chart New Course for Organization - LakeNet President David Read Barker, Ph.D., has announced the election of Eric G. Madden of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as chairman of the board; John Gaudet of McLean, Virginia as vice-chairman; Buzz Hoerr of Colchester, Vermont as secretary; and Sunny De Vese of Annapolis, Maryland as treasurer. Anticipating an expanding need for its international efforts to safeguard valuable freshwater supplies, members of the board pledged to take a more active role in supporting the non-profit organization’s outreach programs in more than 100 countries.

See also:
News Release - LakeNet Elects New Leadership on Board of Trustees (3/4/2004 Final)

Tuesday, March 2, 2004 - LakeNet News, Winter 2003-2004 Edition
The first printed issue of LakeNet News is now available for viewing or downloading from the website (see link below). The following articles appear in the Winter 2003-2004 issue: LakeNet on the Go; LakeNet Gets Federal Grant; ECHO Opens at Leahy Center; worldlakes.org Earns Accolades; Naked Osman Discovered in Lake Issyk-kul; Travel Produces Partnerships; U.S. Students Find Pen Pals in Kyrgyzstan; Nicaraguan Mayors Protect Lake Cocibolca; International Steering Committee Guides Global Action; Ask Away; LakeNet Leadership; and a Letter from the President. Lakes mentioned in the issue include: Chapala; Chilika; Cocibolca; Great Bear; North American Great Lakes; Great Slave Lake; Issyk-kul; Laguna de Bay; Nakuru; Sevan; and Victoria.

See also:
LakeNet News, Winter 2003-2004 (PDF) (12/20/2003 Final)

Saturday, July 26, 2003 - Dr. Payaman Simanjuntak honored at World Conference, Indonesian Leader Wins Coveted Kasumigaura Award
Payaman Simanjuntak, Ph.D., chairman of the Lake Toba Heritage Foundation, won the prestigious Ibaraki Kasumigaura Prize in recognition of a paper he recently presented at the 10th World Lakes Conference, held in Chicago, USA. Professor Simanjuntak was honored for the outstanding content of “The Role of NGOs in Implementing the World Lake Vision,” the paper he wrote and presented at the international conference.

See also:
News Release - Dr. Payaman Simanjuntak honored at World Conference (7/26/2003 Final)

Saturday, June 21, 2003 - Regional Workshop for Europe, Central Asia & the Americas:
The first of three regional workshops as part of the GEF and USAID-grant supported Lake Basin Management Initiative was held 18-21 June 2003 at Saint Michael’s College and the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont, USA.

See also:
News Release - Regional Workshop for Europe, Central Asia & the Americas (6/24/2003 Final)

Friday, April 11, 2003 - LakeNet signs a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Ramsar Bureau of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance
The agreement was signed at Ramsar's 11th meeting of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) in Gland, Switzerland by Delmar Blasco, Ramsar's Secretary General, and David Read Barker, President of LakeNet.

See also:
LakeNet-Ramsar Memorandum of Cooperation (4/11/2003 Final)

Saturday, March 1, 2003 - LakeNet plays an active role at the 3rd World Water Forum in Japan
LakeNet organized & led a session on protecting and conserving lake ecosystems, and helped launch the World Lake Vision and Call to Action. We worked hard to make sure government ministers and other Forum participants came away from the conference better understanding of the critical role lakes play in the world's human and natural communities, and the many opportunities available for effective lake conservation. More than 50 LakeNet members and partners participated in events and sessions during the Forum including members from Kenya, Uganda, Indonesia, India, Japan, The Philippines, Armenia, Russia, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom and the U.S.

Friday, November 1, 2002 - LakeNet launches World Lakes Initiative in partnership with others
The LakeNet Secretariat is pleased to announce the launch of a major global initiative to protect and restore the health of the world’s lakes. The World Lakes Initiative is the result of several years of LakeNet’s work to establish necessary partnerships and to arrange initial financing.

This exciting new initiative will be conducted in partnership with numerous organizations. Two key partners include the International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC) in Shiga, Japan, and Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, USA. The main financing for the initiative includes grants from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Friday, November 1, 2002 - LakeNet at the Ramsar Convention of Parties (COP 8)
LakeNet organized a side event and participated in the Ramsar Convention's Conference of the Parties (COP 8) meeting in Valencia, Spain in November.

Thursday, August 1, 2002 - LakeNet website honored
LakeNet's website was chosen by the Great Lakes Information Network as its Site of the Month, and a description of the information available at our website was featured.

See also:
Great Lakes Information Network: Site of the Month 2002 Winners (8/1/2002 Final)

Thursday, August 1, 2002 - Monitor International changes name to LakeNet & reorganizes programs
The Board of Trustees and staff of Monitor International are pleased to announce that we have changed our name to LakeNet. We have also updated our mission and reorganized our programs to focus entirely on protecting the health of the world’s lakes. The nonprofit organization now known as LakeNet remains the Secretariat for the global network, and the Board, staff and office location remain the same.




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