Guest Contributor
April 22, 2019

Guest Blog by: Mike Gallagher, President, Michigan Lake Stewardship Associations, and Gull Lake Quality Organization Way back in 2006, the Gull Lake association board of directors sat around the table and once again discussed the same old questions: “How do we know if our lake quality is getting better or worse? How can we monitor… Read More

Guest Blog by: Dr. Jo Latimore, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University The term “citizen science” is used a lot these days. In the past few years, it has evolved from the latest “new” idea, to a popular buzzword, to an everyday phrase. Many of us involved with volunteer lake and stream monitoring… Read More

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for two opportunities for Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) training being offered in 2019. The first CLMP training is being offered on Friday-Saturday, May 3-4, in conjunction with the Michigan Lake Stewardship Associations (MLSA) Annual Conference at the Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, MI. Please… Read More

Guest Blog by: Chelsea Cooper, Water Quality Monitoring Intern, Manistee Conservation District Editor’s Note: This blog post is one example of how MiCorps is facilitating partnerships between local, state, and federal organizations to grow lake and stream monitoring efforts in Michigan. In the spring of 2016, the Manistee Conservation District (MCD) began to take action… Read More

Guest Blog by: Niklas Krantz, Senior at Wayne State University and 2018 HRWC Summer Intern Acknowledgement: This blog was first posted at on September 18 and is being reposted with permission. Starry stonewort. If you are a lakefront property owner somewhere downstream of the St. Lawrence Seaway, you may have heard the name at… Read More

Curious about the health of your lake? Enroll in the 2019 Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) today or contact Jean Roth at Michigan Lake Stewardship Associations (MLSA) to request a paper application ( or 989-257-3715). The CLMP has been an important component of Michigan’s inland lakes monitoring program for over 40 years, which makes it… Read More

Guest Contributor
September 6, 2018

Guest Blog by: Dr. Jo Latimore, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, and Alicia Symanski, Northwestern Michigan College Register today for the 2018 Joint MiCorps Conference/Michigan Inland Lakes Convention This year, MiCorps is joining together with the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership to offer a conference event that combines the best of each program!… Read More

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