An Update on MiCorps Funding and the 2020 CLMP Monitoring Season

Laura Kaminski
January 16, 2020

MiCorps is a network of volunteer water quality monitoring programs in Michigan created by former Governor Granholm under Michigan Executive Order #2003-15 to assist the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) in collecting and sharing water quality data. Initial funding for the MiCorps program was provided through the Clean Michigan Initiative (CMI) bond; however, due to the exhaustion of these CMI funds, MiCorps has dealt with uncertainty in the past few years while trying to find another long-term funding source.

EGLE is proud to announce that funding has been secured from Renew Michigan Initiative in order to create a new five-year contract for the MiCorps program. Due to the timing of acquiring this funding and the necessary transition to initiate a new contract, the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) will not be able to be funded in 2020, but will return in 2021.

The CLMP and the Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program (VSMP) will both be included in the new contract. MiCorps is excited to build on this fantastic program by updating the long-term database and website along with reinstating stream macroinvertebrate grants.

MiCorps would like to thank all the volunteers for your support of the program.

As we work to make improvements to the program in advance of a 2021 CLMP monitoring season and reinstated stream macroinvertebrate grant cycle please feel free to reference the materials provided throughout this website if you wish to continue monitoring on your own during 2020. However, please note that the CLMP will not be operational for the 2020 season.