November 19, 2019 9:00 am 4:00 pm
Kettunen Center
14901 4H Drive
Tustin, MI 49688
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UPDATE: Due to a power outage at the Kettunen Center on Oct. 22-23, the MiCorps Conference and Training has been rescheduled for Nov. 18-19. If you were registered for the conference and have not heard from us to verify your participation on these new dates, please contact us ASAP at Thank you!

Conference Overview

The MiCorps conference and training is an annual event featuring optional pre-conference networking opportunities during the evening of Monday, November 18th, and presentations and dialogue on lake and stream monitoring activities in Michigan as well as in-depth training workshops on Tuesday, November 19th. Please join us this year to celebrate MiCorps’ 15-year Crystal Anniversary!

This year’s conference brings together water quality monitor volunteers, state and regional experts, as well as Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) biologists and MiCorps staff to share the latest volunteer monitoring efforts and success stories to improve water quality. In particular, this year’s event will focus on community engagement and the use of monitoring data to inform management decisions and protect and improve water quality. The featured keynote speaker will be Jeremy Geist, Great Lakes stream restoration manager at Trout Unlimited, who will present information on improving watershed connectivity, resiliency and habitat in response to past and present threats to the region’s cold water resources. Participants may also choose from two in-depth training sessions on “Insect Identification” or “Plants of Michigan’s Lakes and Streams.”

Conference Program

Registration for the 2019 event has now closed. Please contact Laura Kaminski at or (734) 971-9135 with any questions.

Note: Training sessions held at the annual conference do not meet the training requirements for participants of the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP). For more information on the CLMP training requirements, please view the lake monitoring training page.

Who Should Attend

Volunteer monitoring program leaders, citizen volunteers, water resource professionals and others interested in the health and protection of Michigan’s lakes and streams are encouraged to attend.

Registration and Lodging

The conference registration fee is $45 and includes lunch at the conference on Tuesday, snacks, facility use fee, and all conference materials. For any participants needing to arrive the evening before or who wish to participate in the pre-conference networking activities, overnight lodging at the Kettunen Center and dinner on Monday (Nov. 18th) as well as breakfast on Tuesday (Nov. 19th) will be available for an additional charge. Reservations can be made through the conference registration form.

Registration for the 2019 event has now closed. Please contact Laura Kaminski at or (734) 971-9135 with any questions.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Laura Kaminski, MiCorps staff at the Great Lakes Commission, at or 734-971-9135.

Past Annual MiCorps 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 ( to request specific documents or presentations from these older conferences.

In 2018, MiCorps met jointly with the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership to host the 2018 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention on October 4-5 in Grand Rapids. Please visit the conference website to view the agenda and for more details.

13th Annual MiCorps Conference (2017): Conference Agenda

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12th Annual MiCorps Conference (2016): Conference Agenda

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11th Annual MiCorps Conference (2015): Conference Agenda

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