Invasive Species Awareness Week: Be a Water Hero!

Paul Steen
July 1, 2019
A CLMP water hero rakes the lake to find invasive species!

All lakes are in danger of establishment and disruption by aquatic invasive species! In the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP), people that I like to call “Water Heroes” (also known as lake monitoring volunteers) are the ones whose diligence protects their lake from infestation.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed June 30-July 7, 2019, as Michigan’s Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week. The Michigan House and Senate also adopted resolutions bringing awareness to this issue. All of you water heroes out there, take this week to teach your neighbors and family more about the importance of cleaning boats and water equipment along with staying vigilant in the search for invasive species. Learn a bit more about invasive species awareness week here: https://www.michigan.gov/egle/0,9429,7-135–500753–,00.html

Last week, I was interviewed on NPR-WEMU based in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on the value of the CLMP, the importance of water quality monitoring, and the need for plant surveys to maintain high quality lakes. Check out the interview using the link below and share it with others to help us spread awareness of water quality issues and the value of the CLMP: https://www.wemu.org/post/issues-environment-expanding-lake-protections-huron-river-watershed.

To all the water heroes out there, on behalf of the MiCorps program, Thank You! Your work is helping all of us Michiganders!