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Guest Contributor
April 22, 2019

Guest Blog by: Mike Gallagher, President, Michigan Lake Stewardship Associations, and Gull Lake Quality Organization Way back in 2006, the Gull Lake association board of directors sat around the table and once again discussed the same old questions: “How do we know if our lake quality is getting better or worse? How can we monitor… Read More

Guest Blog by: Dr. Jo Latimore, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University The term “citizen science” is used a lot these days. In the past few years, it has evolved from the latest “new” idea, to a popular buzzword, to an everyday phrase. Many of us involved with volunteer lake and stream monitoring… Read More

Guest Contributor
February 5, 2019

Guest Blog by: Patricia Jarrett, Office Manager and Monitoring Coordinator, Muskegon River Watershed Assembly When I tell friends about my job working for the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly (MRWA), they are often surprised about the variety and unpredictable nature of my work, especially when I am out in the field. I have to remind them… Read More

Marcy Knoll Wilmes
December 6, 2018

One idea that rings true for most people is a love for lakes. People enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, and so many other activities on and in the water. We look at a lake from our perspective about the best way to enjoy the lake, but it is important to remember that fish and wildlife… Read More

Guest Blog by: Chelsea Cooper, Water Quality Monitoring Intern, Manistee Conservation District Editor’s Note: This blog post is one example of how MiCorps is facilitating partnerships between local, state, and federal organizations to grow lake and stream monitoring efforts in Michigan. In the spring of 2016, the Manistee Conservation District (MCD) began to take action… Read More

Guest Blog by: Niklas Krantz, Senior at Wayne State University and 2018 HRWC Summer Intern Acknowledgement: This blog was first posted at www.hrwc.org on September 18 and is being reposted with permission. Starry stonewort. If you are a lakefront property owner somewhere downstream of the St. Lawrence Seaway, you may have heard the name at… Read More

Guest Contributor
September 6, 2018

Guest Blog by: Dr. Jo Latimore, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, and Alicia Symanski, Northwestern Michigan College Register today for the 2018 Joint MiCorps Conference/Michigan Inland Lakes Convention This year, MiCorps is joining together with the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership to offer a conference event that combines the best of each program!… Read More

Marcy Knoll Wilmes
July 16, 2018

Each summer, I have the privilege of joining ten Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program volunteers on their lake. Lakes are randomly selected for sampling with the goal of completing six Chlorophyll sampling side by sides and four Summer Total Phosphorus sampling side by sides each field season. I find these meet-ups as the perfect opportunity to… Read More

Guest Blog by: Paige Filice and Tara Eavy, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University For those of us who like to experience nature at home, keeping an aquarium, water garden, or pond may be the perfect solution. But what you may not know is that your tiny slice of nature can have a… Read More