Author: Becky Hough

K&A Featured in Michigan DNR Newsletter

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) October 2018 Fisheries Bulletin, “Reel in Michigan’s Fisheries”, featured a K&A-led project at the Fort Custer Recreation Area (FCRA). The project to develop and implement an integrated lake management plan for lakes in the recreation area is funded through the Natural Resource Damage Assessment, the Enbridge compensation for injuries to the Kalamazoo River related to the 2010 discharges. The MDNR article focuses on the fisheries and invasive aquatic plant management planning efforts at three FCRA lakes: Eagle Lake, Whitford-Lawler and Jackson Hole.

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Weevil Used as Part of Biocontrol Program at Eagle Lake, FCRA

Patty Hoch-Melluish Presents at 2018 Inland Lakes Convention

Patty Hoch-Melluish, Project Scientist, presented on behalf of Kieser & Associates at the 2018 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention on October 5, 2018 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Patty presented “Protecting the Nearshore through Upland Lakescaping” as part of the Natural Shorelines session. The presentation summarized how development around lakeshores can impact lake health and included best management practices that can be incorporated on individual properties to help mitigate these impacts. Gabby Metzner, Project Scientist at K&A, also attended the conference. View the presentation slides at: K&A 2018 Inland Lakes Convention Presentation.

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K&A Guides Efforts to Manage Aquatic Invasive Species at Fort Custer Recreation Area

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and Fort Custer Recreation Area (FCRA) have engaged a diverse Kieser & Associates, LLC (K&A) Project Team to enhance the FCRA lakes by controlling invasive aquatic plant species.  Three Fort Custer lakes, Eagle Lake, Whitford and Lawler Lake, and Jackson Hole Lake, are being addressed by this three-year project.  Funding is provided as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment, the Enbridge compensation for injuries to the Kalamazoo River related to the 2010 discharges.

The objectives for the project include:

  • Assess the presence and density of aquatic invasive plants
  • Develop an integrated strategy to control aquatic invasive plant species
  • Monitor and assess invasive aquatic plant presence and density during and after treatments
  • Develop and implement an outreach program for recreational users to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species from and into the FCRA.
  • Design and implement a monitoring program to evaluate aquatic recreational use of all three lakes.

The project was recently highlighted through an interview with Patty Hoch-Melluish and article on MLive. Read about the project and see photos of the weevils and beetles being used for biologic controls at:


Kieser & Associates Wins Contract for Ecosystem Services Market Protocol Development

Kieser & Associates, LLC (K&A) has been awarded a contract for protocol development for ecosystem service market credits from agricultural working lands by the Noble Research Institute's Ecosystem Service Market Program.  The K&A team includes Tetra Tech, Inc. and WestWater Research, LLC and is complemented by expert advisors from the Sand County Foundation, Nyemaster Goode, Troutman Sanders, and Terra Altus Ecosystem Services.  Debbie Reed of DRD Associates LLC (DRD) is one of the lead consultants on the project that will be overseeing protocol development and pilot project implementation work. The K&A team also will be working with Reed and Rori Cowan, who recently joined DRD Associates LLC.  This varied team will develop protocols for ecosystem services related to soil carbon, water quality and water quantity.  To see the Noble Research Institute's news release, visit

K&A Welcomes Dr. Douglas McLaughlin, Ph.D. as Environmental Engineering Division Manager

Kieser & Associates is proud to announce Dr. Douglas McLaughlin, Ph.D. has joined our team as Senior Scientist/Environmental Engineering Division Manager.  He brings years of experience and expertise in improving water resource management and decision making.  He spent the last 15 years as a Principal Research Scientist at the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc, a non-profit environmental research organization. His brief resume and contact information can be found at: