Building Sustainability and Ensuring Success: The Third Annual MiCorps Conference

Location and Date

October 15 - 16, 2007
Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center
Higgins Lake, Michigan ( View Map )
Conference Program

Registration is now open! Visit our online registration page to register for the conference. The registration deadline is Monday, October 8, 2007.

Conference Overview

The third annual Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) conference is an excellent opportunity for volunteer monitoring program leaders, citizen volunteers, and water resource professionals to gather together and share ideas about volunteer monitoring.

The conference will feature presentations from regional experts and provide training geared toward both beginning and advanced monitoring programs. The conference will cover such topics as fundraising; managing and using your data; designing a monitoring strategy; outreach and collaboration; E. coli monitoring; and monitoring Michiganís lakes. In addition, representatives from MiCorps and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will discuss the role that volunteer monitoring data plays in supporting water quality protection efforts.

Pete Jackson, Volunteer Monitoring Coordinator for U.S. EPA's Midwest Region, will present the keynote address. He will provide a regional perspective on volunteer monitoring and talk about some of the issues facing volunteer monitoring programs, including program sustainability and volunteer retention.

For more information, see the complete conference program. You may also be interested in the proceedings from the First Annual MiCorps Conference and Second Annual MiCorps Conference.

Who Should Attend

The conference is intended for volunteer monitoring program leaders, citizen volunteers, water resource professionals, and others interested in the health and protection of Michigan’s rivers, lakes and streams.

Call for Posters and Displays

All volunteer monitoring programs are invited to showcase their monitoring efforts by presenting a poster or display during our Conference Reception on Monday evening. If you would like to display a poster about your program or organization, please contact Beth Johnson, MiCorps staff, Great Lakes Commission, 734-971-9135, .

Special Training for Volunteer Monitors

On Monday, October 15th, MiCorps will offer three special training workshops for volunteer monitors - Stream Monitoring, Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Monitoring, and Marketing the Environment. See the conference program for additional details on the training workshops. Please note that you may register for the free training sessions only, without attending the full conference.

The workshops will be held at the MacMullan Conference center. The training is free of charge, but space is limited. For additional information on the training sessions, contact Jo Latimore, , or call 734-769-5971.

Registration and Lodging

The conference registration fee is $25 and includes lunch on Tuesday, breaks and all conference materials. Dormitory-style lodging is available at the MacMullan Center at a rate of $43 for a double room and $68 for a single room (both include breakfast on Tuesday). Monday night dinner is also available at the MacMullan Center for an additional cost of $15.

Please visit our online registration page to register for the conference and to reserve lodging. If you cannot register online, please contact Matt Doss at the Great Lakes Commission for assistance (734-971-9135, registration deadline is Monday, October 8, 2007.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Beth Johnson or Matt Doss , MiCorps support staff, Great Lakes Commission, 734-971-9135.

***The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) was created through an executive order by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm to assist the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in collecting and sharing water quality data for use in water resources management and protection programs. For more information about the DEQ's Water Bureau, please visit their website:***

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