Lake Monitor Training

Training for lake monitoring is typically provided each year at the Michigan Lake Stewardship Associations (MLSA) (formerly Michigan Lake and Stream Associations) Annual Conference or Michigan Inland Lakes Convention. Training for the 2019 monitoring season was held in conjunction with the 2019 Michigan Lakes Stewardship Annual Conference on May 3-4, 2019, at the Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, MI. Additional details may also be found here: https://micorps.net/events/2019-clmp-training/ or at https://www.mymlsa.org. Please contact Jean Roth (jroth@mlswa.org, 989-257-3715) with any questions.

For reference, the 2019 lake monitoring training materials are also available below. Right-click and “save as” to save it to your computer.

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.

Additional CLMP Training in the Western Upper Peninsula

On May 8, 2019, MiCorps staff also offered a second official CLMP training session in the western UP for residents interested in joining the Program to monitor their lakes (see: https://micorps.net/events/2019-clmp-training-up/).

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 (psteen@hrwc.org) for more information on these training sessions.

CLMP Training Webinar (Not offered in 2019)

A video of the archived 2017 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.

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

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.

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.