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Registration for the 12th Annual MiCorps Conference and Training on November 2-3, 2016 is now open! This annual event is a great opportunity to learn about volunteer monitoring opportunities and to meet or reconnect with other water quality program leaders and volunteers from around the state. More information on the conference, associated trainings, and registration… Read More

Laura Kaminski
September 1, 2016

Starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa) is an aggressive aquatic invasive macroalgae that can be found anchored to the bottom of lakes and resembles common aquatic plants. In the right conditions, it can produce dense “meadows” that cover large areas of a lake basin, causing tangled mats and hindering recreation, fish habitat, and beneficial native plants. Starry… Read More

MiCorps is pleased to announce this year’s grant recipients for the 2016 Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program’s (VSMP) competitive grants program. Each year, the VSMP provides funding to organizations interested in monitoring their streams and rivers. For 2016, a total of nearly $64,000 was awarded for three Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Survey grants, two Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Survey start-up… Read More

Registration is still open for the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) trainings on Thursday, April 28th, at the Michigan Inland Lakes Convention at the Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, MI. All CLMP participants enrolled in a monitoring parameter in which they have not previously participated should try to join us for this training. And,… Read More

Laura Kaminski
March 24, 2016

Are invasive plants threatening your lake? Watch this video and join the Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch (EAPW) to find out! Invasive aquatic plants can be bad news for your lake, as high densities of these unwanted species can negatively affect fish populations and reduce recreational use. MiCorps staff have created this short video, which introduces and… Read More

MiCorps’ Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program (VSMP) is now accepting funding proposals under two different topical areas for grants beginning in 2016: The Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Survey grants support volunteer work to monitor benthic macroinvertebrate communities and habitat characteristics in wadeable streams and rivers. The funds support training and water quality data collection helping state and local… Read More

MiCorps’ Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program (VSMP) is now accepting funding proposals under two different topical areas for grants beginning in 2016: The Road/Stream Crossing Inventory grants will assist volunteer monitoring groups in establishing a volunteer-based program in which volunteers visit and assess the condition of stream crossings to protect and enhance streams throughout targeted watersheds…. Read More

In case you missed it: Michigan State University Extension article features MiCorps Bindu Bhakta, a Michigan State University (MSU) Extension Educator in Oakland County, recently published an article for MSU Extension News discussing the technical assistance, training, and grants offered by MiCorps to support volunteer monitoring efforts across the state. We are excited to be… Read More

Please visit the 11th Annual MiCorps Conference webpage to access the conference program and presentations from this year’s annual MiCorps conference and training held November 4-5, 2015, at the Kettunen Center (Tustin, Michigan). This year’s conference showcased presentations from volunteers around the state, regional experts, and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and MiCorps staff covering… Read More

Water Quality Monitoring Requests – Background on the Process and How to Submit a Request Join Michigan DEQ for a webinar on Nov 05, 2015 at 2:00 PM EST. Register now!  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2949681104124669441 This webinar will focus on the process through which people can submit requests to have Michigan DEQ Water Resources Division (WRD) consider conducting… Read More