Information for CLMP Volunteers

This page includes all of the documentation and forms that volunteers in the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) need to complete their sampling, including sampling procedures, sample turn-in schedules and locations, good sampling reminders, and data forms. 

** The 2014 CLMP documents are now available, below. **


CLMP Documents

CLMP Lake Sampling Site (Field ID) Number List

A waiver MUST be filled out and submitted to MLSA BEFORE CLMP testing begins. You may not begin sampling unless each sampler has submitted a waiver form.

Download the 2014 Waiver Form


CLMP Monitoring Fact Sheets

Secchi Disk Fact Sheet

Total Phosphorus Fact Sheet

Chlorophyll Fact Sheet

Dissolved Oxygen and Temperature Fact Sheet

Aquatic Plant Fact Sheet

Exotic Aquatic Plant Fact Sheet


CLMP Training Materials

The above Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program Training Video demonstrates CLMP methods for taking secchi disk and dissolved oxygen and temperature measurements, collecting phosphorus and chlorophyll samples, and conducting chlorophyll sample filtration.

In the second training video, above, Dr. Jo Latimore of the Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and Rick Gutowski of the Deer Lake Water Quality Committee demonstrate onsite identification and mapping of aquatic plants for the CLMP and discuss the benefits of these types of monitoring activities.

These videos were produced in association with the Deer Lake Property Owners Association, Michigan DEQ, the Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Independence Township Clarkston Public Access Center; however, numerous other individuals and entities have also contributed to the production and development of these training videos. MiCorps wishes to extend a special thanks to all who were involved with these efforts!

Additional materials from past training events for volunteer lake monitoring can be found on the MiCorps Training webpage. These resources are intended to give volunteers a sense of the steps involved with these types of lake monitoring, but are not intended to replace the hands-on training offered each spring for new volunteers at the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations annual conference.


Lake Monitoring Parameters

Secchi Disk Transparency

Secchi Data Form
Secchi Monitoring Procedures
Instructions for Building Your Own Secchi Disk
Secchi Good Sampling Reminders

USGS Satellite Remote Sensing Project - 2014

Total Phosphorus

TP Spring Sampling Schedule - 2014
TP Spring Data Form

TP Summer Sampling Schedule - 2014
TP Summer Data Form

TP Monitoring Procedures
TP Good Sampling Reminders

Chlorophyll a

Chlorophyll Sampling Schedule - 2014
Chlorophyll Data Form 1
Chlorophyll Data Form 2
Chlorophyll Monitoring Procedures
Chlorophyll Good Sampling Reminders

Dissolved Oxygen and Temperature

DO-Temp Data Form
DO-Temp Data Plotting Form
DO-Temp Monitoring Procedures (using YSI Model 550A meter)
DO-Temp Monitoring Procedures (using YSI Model 95D meter)

DO-Temp Monitoring Procedures (using YSI Model Pro20 Meter)
DO-Temp Good Sampling Reminders

Aquatic Plant Survey

Aquatic Plant Survey Procedures

Sampling Rake Assembly Instructions

A Citizen's Guide for the Identification, Mapping and Management of the Common Rooted Aquatic Plants of Michigan Lakes (MSU Extension WQ-55)

Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch

Exotic Plant Watch Data Form
Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch Procedure

Exotic Plant Watch Websites

Sampling Rake Assembly Instructions

Integrated Pest Management for Nuisance Exotics in Michigan Inland Lakes (MSU Extension WQ-56)


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