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Guest Contributor
March 20, 2018

Over the past 10 years, the St. Joseph County Conservation District (SJCCD) has participated in several water quality projects funded by MiCorps grants. There is no telling just how important these grants have been to the SJCCD, but one thing is for sure, without them we would never have been able to accomplish as much… Read More

MiCorps was created in 2003 to assist the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in collecting and sharing water quality data for use in water resources management and protection programs. It is comprised of two programs: the Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program (VSMP) and the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP). With support from MiCorps staff, volunteers participating… Read More

Guest Contributor
January 22, 2018

Do you get annoyed with those weeds in your lake? Do you wish there was an easy way to rid your entire lakefront of those pesky weeds just to make your life easier? Before you take any action, there is a side to the story that you might not have thought about. Those “weeds” are… Read More

If you think volunteer-collected data is not a big part of national lake water quality monitoring, think again! A newly released lake water quality database contains geographic data on over 50,000 US lakes, and water quality data on about 10,000 of those lakes — most of which come from citizen volunteer programs, including the MiCorps… Read More

Marcy Knoll Wilmes
November 6, 2017

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

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

Marcy Knoll Wilmes
March 31, 2017

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

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

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

Paul Steen
July 28, 2016

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