Lakes

Michèle Leduc-Lapierre
April 30, 2018

How can we prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species? Most of Michigan’s rivers, streams, ponds, lakes, shorelines and wetlands provide hospitable habitat for native and invasive species alike. Aquatic invasive species are costly to control once they’re in a waterbody and have established reproducing populations. Invasive species disrupt food webs, foul infrastructure and recreational… Read More

MiCorps was created in 2003 to assist the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in collecting and sharing water quality data for use in water resources management and protection programs. It is comprised of two programs: the Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program (VSMP) and the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP). With support from MiCorps staff, volunteers participating… Read More

Registration is still open for the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) trainings on Friday-Saturday, April 20-21, to be held in conjunction with the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations Annual Conference at the Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, MI. All CLMP participants enrolled in a monitoring parameter in which they have not previously participated should try… Read More

Guest Contributor
January 22, 2018

Do you get annoyed with those weeds in your lake? Do you wish there was an easy way to rid your entire lakefront of those pesky weeds just to make your life easier? Before you take any action, there is a side to the story that you might not have thought about. Those “weeds” are… Read More

Thanks to generous funding from the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, in 2018 Oakland County lakes can join the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) for free (introductory monitoring) or for a reduced cost (advanced monitoring). Volunteers in Oakland County will be credited $185 to enroll a lake into the program. (A lake is enrolled into… Read More

If you think volunteer-collected data is not a big part of national lake water quality monitoring, think again! A newly released lake water quality database contains geographic data on over 50,000 US lakes, and water quality data on about 10,000 of those lakes — most of which come from citizen volunteer programs, including the MiCorps… Read More

Please visit the 13th Annual MiCorps Conference webpage to access the conference program and presentations from this year’s annual MiCorps conference and training held November 8-9, 2017, at the Kettunen Center (Tustin, Michigan). This year’s conference showcased presentations from volunteers around the state, regional experts, as well as Michigan DEQ and MiCorps staff covering both… Read More

Marcy Knoll Wilmes
November 6, 2017

MiCorps volunteers have been monitoring water quality for over 13 years. What a great opportunity to look at the coverage across the Great State of Michigan! Take a look at this map showing all 458 lakes surveyed under the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program and the 57 stream groups that were awarded grants under the Volunteer… Read More

Registration for the 13th Annual MiCorps Conference and Training on November 8-9, 2017 is now open! This annual event is a great opportunity to learn about volunteer monitoring opportunities and to meet or reconnect with other water quality program leaders and volunteers from around the state. More information on the conference, associated trainings, and registration… Read More