Lakes

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;… Read More

Please visit the 15th Annual MiCorps Conference webpage to access the conference program and presentations from this year’s annual MiCorps conference and training held November 18-19, 2019, at the Kettunen Center (Tustin, Michigan). This year’s conference showcased presentations from volunteers around the state, regional experts, as well as Michigan EGLE and MiCorps staff covering both… Read More

Due to a power outage at the Kettunen Center on October 22-23, the MiCorps Conference and Training has been rescheduled for November 18-19. If you were registered for the conference and have not heard from us to verify your participation on these new dates, please contatc us ASAP at laurak@glc.org. We are also able to… Read More

Guest Contributor
September 23, 2019

Guest Blog by: Erick Elgin, Aquatic Ecologist, MSU Extension Starry stonewort has emerged as one of the most dreaded aquatic invasive plants in Michigan. This aggressive macroalgae can produce dense “meadows” that fill the water column, which hinders recreation and may have wide-reaching impacts on lake ecosystems. However, despite being in North America for 40… Read More

Registration for the 15th Annual MiCorps Conference and Training on October 23, 2019 (with optional pre-conference events on October 22nd) is now open. Please join us to celebrate MiCorps’ 15-year Crystal Anniversary! This annual event is a great opportunity to learn about volunteer monitoring opportunities and to meet or reconnect with other water quality program… Read More

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