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Thirteen Years of MiCorps Excellence

MiCorps volunteers have been monitoring water quality for over 13 years. What a great opportunity to look at the coverage across the Great State of Michigan! Take a look at this map showing all 458 lakes surveyed under the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program and the 57 stream groups that were awarded grants under the Volunteer… Read more »

Working Towards Fish-Friendly Roads

MiCorps offers grants and training for groups in Michigan to assess the condition of bridges and culverts crossing rivers and streams. Poorly designed or aging bridges and culverts are a major source of degradation to our waterways. These road/stream crossings cause stream sedimentation due to erosion, increase water flow, and block fish passage when improperly sized. Finding and rating poor road crossings… Read more »

Tell Us Your Story!

How has MiCorps helped your lake, stream, or community?  Do you have a story?  We want to hear about it! We love hearing about all the fantastic things that MiCorps has helped you accomplish in your community.  Do you have an example of how monitoring your lake or stream has led to a success story? … Read more »

You Can Stop Invasive Plants Before They Harm Your Lake!

What will you do to protect your lake this year? Invasive plants like starry stonewort and Eurasian watermilfoil are sneaky attackers, lurking beneath the water’s surface and growing unnoticed until they have infested acres of a lake. Given the opportunity to establish themselves, these weeds are nearly impossible to eradicate, cost thousands of dollars annually… Read more »

MiCorps included in Michigan’s new Water Strategy

On October 18, the Office of the Great Lakes (OGL) officially rolled out Part 4 of their Water Strategy at a press event in Owosso. OGL Director, Jon Allan, spoke on the importance of water monitoring and the need for a long-term, sustainable funding source for groundwater and surface water quality monitoring.  Friends of the Shiawassee,… Read more »

MiCorps starts flow monitoring!

Water velocity x depth x width = Good times in the river This spring, MiCorps awarded stream flow monitoring grants to two organizations. Stream flow monitoring is a pilot parameter in 2016, meaning that these groups are the first to use these procedures and equipment and one of their jobs is to find any issues… Read more »

40 Years of Lake Monitoring — How Have Lakes in the CLMP Changed?

Over the hill! The Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) has been operating since 1974 (when it was called the “Self-Help Program”). Every summer since then, with the exception of 1992 when the program was undergoing some administrative changes, volunteers have been measuring and monitoring lakes across Michigan. That means last summer we hit the big 4-0!… Read more »

Possibilities Abound with Stream Monitoring

When I was little, my neighborhood friends and I would sneak away from our houses just after lunch, traverse down the wooded bluffs and spend the afternoon exploring the nooks and crannies of the nearby Willow River. Barefooted and sunburned, we would wade up the stream in search of wildlife. In all of our rumpus… Read more »

Great Expectations for the 2016 Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch!

It’s going to be a great year for the CLMP’s Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch! The Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch (EAPW) is a component of the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) where volunteers sample, identify, and map aquatic invasive plants in their lake. The EAPW is vital to the effort to locate and minimize the detrimental… Read more »

Friends of the Shiawassee River Stream Team Video

MiCorps awarded The Friends of the Shiawassee River an Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Survey grant this past June to help them operate their macroinvertebrate monitoring program, Stream Team! The mission of the Friends of the Shiawassee River is to Care, by maintaining and improving the health of the river; Share, by enhancing the community’s appreciation and knowledge of the… Read more »

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