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Oregon Lakes Association

....a voice for quiet waters.

OLA 2023 Graduate Student Award

Award Amount: $1,500
                          + registration at the annual lakes conference
                          + and up to $200 for conference expenses.
Applications Due: May 29, 2023 June 12, 2023
Award Date: June 2023 July 2023

OLA's Scholarship and Outreach Fund supports research on Oregon's lakes and watersheds and public outreach activities. Click on the LEARN MORE button below to learn more about 2022 scholarship winner Katey Queen and other past award recipients, about the 2023 scholarship opportunity, and to contribute to the Scholarship and Outreach Fund.
Collected: $2,640.00
Goal: $2,000.00

Kathryn (Katey) Queen, 2022 OLA Scholarship Recipient

Save the Date!

Fall 2023 OLA Conference 

Oregon State University
Horizon Room in the Memorial Union Building 

November 6-7, 2023 

Please stay tuned for details, but questions can be directed to Theo Dreher, OLA President (

2023 CyanoHABs Stakeholder Meeting

Oregon State University and Lakes Association held the 2023 Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Bloom Stakeholder Meeting  on Friday, March 17, 2023

At this annual meeting, stakeholders share information on recent blooms and any changes in regulations and bloom management. Those with new interests in or management responsibilities for HABs in lakes and reservoirs will find this a good meeting to make connections with people in Oregon who are knowledgeable about HABs. 

Many thanks to the panelists and participants for taking part in this event! If you'd like to review the talks or were not able to attend,  YouTube recordings of the talks and the slides presented are available at the link below. 



YouTube videos of our most recent events, the 2021 Careers in Freshwater Panel discussion and the 2021 Harmful Algal Bloom Stakeholder Meeting, are available for review. Archived meeting videos and presentation slides, including those from our online Fall 2020 Seminar Series, are available for OLA members within our meeting archives. Please consider joining OLA to gain access to our archives, get reduced conference registration rates, receive our triannual Lake Wise Newsletter, and gain access to the Newsletter archive. 

Colloquium on the exceptional hypersaline ecosystem at Oregon’s Lake Abert


Lake Abert was dry during the summers of 2021 and 2022, thereby denying vital habitat to hundreds of thousands of shorebirds that feast on the bounty of the lake’s exceptional hypersaline habitat. This is an ecological calamity with potential dire consequences for the survival of some bird populations.

This Colloquium aims to present current knowledge on the lake and its ecology.  You will hear about its amazing capacity to produce shrimp and fly invertebrates that birds feast on, and about the birds that visit Lake Abert. You will also hear about how climate is changing and how we think those changes will affect the landscape in the Chewaucan valley surrounding Lake Abert.

We present the science of Lake Abert as information to be used for decisions that we hope will help preserve the lake ecosystem.

Sponsored by Oregon State University
and Oregon Lakes Association

Oregon’s Lake Abert is not the only hypersaline lake at risk of going dry: new worries for Great Salt Lake

Drying Great Salt Lake could expose millions to toxic arsenic-lasted dust. The largest saline lake in North America is on track to collapse within five years, a new report finds.

Our Mission

OLAs Mission is to promote the understanding, protection, and thoughtful management of lakes and watersheds in Oregon. To fulfill this mission, OLA holds lakes conferences and workshops, publishes the Lake Wise newsletter, advocates for lakes in the legislative arena, and offers graduate student scholarships. 

OLA strives to be a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming community for all members, students, event participants and community partners. We encourage participation by all regardless of age, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, color, race, religion, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. OLA recognizes a diversity of perspectives is important to tackle the complex issues facing Oregon’s lakes and watersheds.

Join OLA to contribute your voice for quiet waters.

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