Lake Management Techniques


Lake management requires key skills and knowledge required to study and sample the physical, chemical, and biological properties of lakes. This two-day course includes instructor-led presentations, as well as ample ‘hands on’ student application through discussions, breakout groups and exercises.

Each NRTG course includes free, lifetime admission. Enroll once – come back anytime.

Who attends?

Course participants typically include current fisheries field technicians and biologists, other environmental professionals, resource workers, individuals new to the industry and graduates of other natural resource-related programs requiring a refresher or additional knowledge of lake ecology and biogeochemistry.

How do I attend?

This course is available via contract only to organizations/community groups.  To arrange a contract delivery, please contact us.

What should I bring or supply?

Participants are required to provide an own computer and a stable internet connection, writing supplies for taking notes are also recommended.

More Information

Upon successful completion, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify and describe mixing patterns in lakes
  • Describe and understand the fundamentals of biogeochemical cycles
  • Identify and describe lake habitats
  • Identify and describe routine sampling techniques
  • Describe, compare and contrast lakes and reservoirs
  • Interpret common limnological data sets (e.g., vertical profiles)
  • Apply knowledge of lake properties to scientific studies, environmental monitoring programs and habitat restoration projects

There are no pre-requisites for this course, although a background in biology would be beneficial.

Jeff Sereda, PhD.

Senior Fisheries Ecologist, Adjunct Professor University of Saskatchewan
Headshot of Jeff Sereda, Senior Fisheries Ecologist and NRTG instructor.

Jeff holds a PhD. in Limnology and an Aquaculture Technician Diploma. He served as manager of a commercial salmonid hatchery for 4 years, lectured at the University of Saskatchewan on topics of fish physiology, taxonomy, ecology, conservation, and aquaculture. Currently, Jeff is a Senior Habitat and Population Ecologist with the Saskatchewan Government and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saskatchewan.

Jeff’s research has encompassed topics such as assessing the risk of lakes to anthropogenic eutrophication, macrophyte management, fish habitat restoration, and the impacts of water management on species as risk (Bigmouth Buffalo, Chestnut Lamprey, Mountain Sucker, and Lake Sturgeon). Jeff’s research has been presented at over 60 national and international conferences and resulted in 15 peer reviewed publications.