Date(s) - 11/08/2017 - 11/09/2017
The 13th annual Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) conference featured presentations from volunteers around the state, regional experts, as well as Michigan DEQ and MiCorps staff covering both lake and stream topics of interest and success stories from volunteer monitoring efforts. In particular, this year’s conference focused on community engagement and the use of monitoring data to inform management decisions and protect and improve water quality.
Matt Meersman, Director of the St. Joseph River Basin Commission, was this year’s featured keynote speaker. During his remarks, Matt shared examples of how he has used data to facilitate change and find common ground among diverse watershed stakeholders to achieve water quality improvements.
Two optional training sessions on invasive species decontamination steps and developing volunteer leadership were also offered on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 8th to kick off the annual conference.
The MiCorps staff and partners thank you for your interest in this year’s annual conference and look forward to seeing you at next year’s event!
Annual Conference Proceedings
The most recent conference proceedings, including agenda, attendee list, and presentations, are included below. For older conferences, only agendas are available online. Please contact Laura Kaminski (email@example.com) to request specific documents or presentations from these older conferences.
13th Annual MiCorps Conference (2017): Conference Agenda
- Invasive Species Cooties… Don’t Share ’em!; Tom Alwin (Michigan DEQ)
- Developing Volunteer Leadership; Jason Frenzel (Huron River Watershed Council)
- Emerging Strategies for Freshwater Protection; Rebecca Esselman (Huron River Watershed Council) (with video: Preparing the Huron River for Climate Change)
- Welcoming Remarks; Marcy Knoll Wilmes (Michigan DEQ)
- Inspiring Change with Data; Matt Meersman (St. Joseph River Basin Commission) (no slides available)
- MiCorps 101: An Introduction to the MiCorps Programs; Marcy Knoll Wilmes (Michigan DEQ)
- Finding Financial Support After Your MiCorps Grant Ends:
- Sally Petrella (Friends of the Rouge)
- Theresa Lark (Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council) (no slides available)
- Macroinvertebrate and Road/Stream Crossing Monitoring Programs:
- Using Citizen Science Data for Lake Water Quality Research to Inform Policy:
12th Annual MiCorps Conference (2016): Conference Agenda
11th Annual MiCorps Conference (2015): Conference Agenda
- 10th Annual MiCorps Conference (2014): Conference Agenda
- Monitoring Michigan’s Lakes and Streams through Citizen Science (2013): Conference Agenda
- Monitoring Human Impacts to Michigan’s Freshwater Systems (2012): Conference Agenda
- Michigan’s Clean Water Challenges (2011): Conference Agenda
- Beyond the Basics (2010): Conference Agenda
- New Steps in Volunteer Water Monitoring (2009): Conference Agenda
- Celebrating our Volunteers (2008): Conference Agenda
- Building Sustainability and Ensuring Success (2007): Conference Agenda
- People Protecting Michigan’s Water (2006): Conference Agenda
- Empowering Michigan’s Volunteer Water Quality Monitors (2005): Conference Agenda