Lake Monitor Training

The 2021 Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program Annual Training went virtual!

We held our annual lake monitoring training on April 29, 2021. Training is required for new participants to the program and for anyone signing up for a new parameter. It is also beneficial for people looking for a refresher or those curious about how CLMP may help protect their favorite lake. The training was recorded and posted below

Important: There are two steps involved in becoming a CLMP lake monitoring volunteer:

  1. Attend or watch the recorded training.

  2. Enroll your lake in the CLMP.

CLMP Enrollment Information

2021 Training Presentations

CLMP Summer Check-in
Secchi Disk Transparency and Phosphorus
Chlorophyll (algae)
Dissolved Oxygen and Temperature
Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch
Score the Shore

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Quick Monitoring Protocols

Secchi Disk Transparency

In the Michigan Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program, volunteers take secchi disk measurements to determine the transparency of a lake. This video reminds CLMP volunteers of the steps needed to take a good quality transparency measurement.

Total Phosphorus

In the Michigan Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program, volunteers sample total phosphorus to determine the health of a lake. This video reminds CLMP volunteers of the steps needed to take a phosphorus sample and how to turn it in.

Chlorophyll-a

In the Michigan Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program, volunteers sample chlorophyll to determine the health of a lake. This video reminds CLMP volunteers of the steps needed to take a chlorophyll water sample and how to filter it.

Aquatic Plant Identification and Mapping

In this training video, Dr. Jo Latimore of the Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and Rick Gutowski of the Deer Lake Water Quality Committee demonstrate onsite identification and mapping of aquatic plants for the CLMP and discuss the benefits of these types of monitoring activities. This video was produced in association with the Deer Lake Property Owners Association, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), the Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Independence Township Clarkston Public Access Center; however, numerous other individuals and entities have also contributed to the production and development of these training videos. MiCorps wishes to extend a special thanks to all who were involved with these efforts!

Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch – Early Detection Monitoring

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. In this short video, staff from the MiCorps Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) and Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) introduce and describe the Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch (EAPW). This video demonstrates how lake volunteers can identify, monitor, and map four nuisance aquatic plant species. Early detection, with the help of the EAPW, can lead to a rapid response which is critical to preventing or managing invasions in your lake.

 Score the Shore – Lakeshore Habitat Assessment

In the Michigan Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program, volunteers conduct habitat assessments of the lake shore. This video goes over the process of how to do the Score the Shore study and gives many examples of issues that volunteers will run into.