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Lake Monitoring Training

Training for lake monitoring is typically provided each year at the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations (MLSA) Annual Conference or Michigan Inland Lakes Convention. Training for the 2017 monitoring season was held in conjunction with the 2017 Michigan Lakes and Streams Annual Conference on April 21-22, 2017, at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, MI. Training materials used at the event are provided below. Please contact Dr. Paul Steen (, 734-769-5123) with any questions.

In addition, MiCorps staff will also be offering a CLMP training session in the western Upper Peninsula on Wednesday, May 3, for residents interested in joining the Program to monitor their lakes. The training is free; however, we ask that you RSVP in advance if you wish to attend (see: Food, lodging, and transportation are the responsibility of each attendee.

The 2017 lake monitoring training materials are available below:

Please Note: The annual lake monitoring training sessions are offered free of charge to all CLMP enrollees; however, participants are responsible for all associated lodging, meals, and travel expenses that may be incurred to attend. The MLSA Annual Conference and Michigan Inland Lakes Convention events are separate from the free CLMP training sessions, and require separate registration and associated fees to attend.

Starting in 2015, YouTube videos and webinars (live internet-based broadcasts of portions of the annual CLMP training) are also now available for training and refresher purposes (see below). Please contact Paul Steen ( for more information on these training sessions.

CLMP Training Webinar (May 2017)

For those CLMP participants who are unable to attend the in-person trainings, MiCorps is offering an alternate CLMP Training Webinar on Monday, May 1, from 6-8 PM, for four of the 2017 CLMP monitoring parameters:

  • Secchi Disk Transparency,
  • Spring and Summer Total Phosphorus,
  • Score the Shore, and
  • Chlorophyll-a.

The training session will cover Secchi Disk Transparency and Phosphorus from roughly 6-6:40 PM, Score the Shore from 6:40-7:15 PM, and Chlorophyll-a from 7:15-7:55 PM, with time for any remaining questions at the end. You may join the webinar at any point during the session, but may wish to log on a little before the above posted times in case we’re running ahead of schedule.

Click Here to Register for the Webinar

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Be sure to review your system requirements prior to the start of the webinar.

Please contact Paul Steen (Huron River Watershed Council) or Laura Kaminski (Great Lakes Commission) with any questions.

A video of the archived 2016 webinar is available below.


Additional CLMP Training Videos

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.



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, Michigan DEQ, 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

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 Environmental Quality (DEQ) 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.


Lakeshore Habitat Assessment (Score the Shore)

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.

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