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 We are also able to… 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 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

Guest Contributor
February 5, 2019

Guest Blog by: Patricia Jarrett, Office Manager and Monitoring Coordinator, Muskegon River Watershed Assembly When I tell friends about my job working for the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly (MRWA), they are often surprised about the variety and unpredictable nature of my work, especially when I am out in the field. I have to remind them… 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 Contributor
March 20, 2018

Over the past 10 years, the St. Joseph County Conservation District (SJCCD) has participated in several water quality projects funded by MiCorps grants. There is no telling just how important these grants have been to the SJCCD, but one thing is for sure, without them we would never have been able to accomplish as much… 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

Paul Steen
September 21, 2017

The Michigan Clean Water Corps supports many organizations that work with volunteers to search for aquatic macroinvertebrates (insects and crustaceans).  Like canaries in a coal mine, macroinvertebrates tell us the condition of a stream’s water quality and habitat. Below is the statewide fall 2017 monitoring schedule for MiCorps-affiliated groups.  Anyone is welcome to join one or… Read More