Michigan's Clean Water Challenges: The Seventh Annual MiCorps Conference

Location and Date

October 24-25, 2011
Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center
Higgins Lake, Michigan ( View Map | Site Map )

Conference Program

Online registration has now closed. Please contact Laura Kaminski, MiCorps Staff, Great Lakes Commission, for more information (laurak@glc.org ,


Conference Overview

The seventh annual Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) conference will feature presentations from volunteers from across the state of Michigan. We will celebrate the amazing work that is being done by the MiCorps volunteers and take a closer look at some of the current and anticipated threats to Michigan's freshwater, as well as native species and invasive species monitoring. In addition, the conference will include presentations and training from regional experts, and Michigan DEQ, DNR, and MiCorps staff. Optional training for volunteers will take place on Monday, October 24th (see below), which is free of charge. The full conference program will take place on Tuesday, October 25th.  

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.

Special Training for Volunteer Monitors

During the afternoon of Monday, October 24th, MiCorps will offer two free training workshops for volunteer monitors. Participants may attend either "Mussel Biology, Identification, and Volunteer Opportunities" or "Clean Boats, Clean Waters: Taking Action to Reduce the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species." See the conference program for additional details or contact Dr. Paul Steen (psteen@hrwc.org or 734-769-5123).

Please note that you may register for the free training sessions only, without attending the full conference. However, advanced registration is required. Space is limited, so visit the online registration page to sign up, or contact Laura Kaminski at laurak@glc.org or 734-971-9135 for more information.

Registration and Lodging

The conference registration fee is $40 and includes lunch on Tuesday, breaks, facility use fee, and all conference materials. Dormitory-style lodging is available at the MacMullan Center at a rate of $48.50 for a double room and $65 for a single room. Monday night dinner and Tuesday breakfast are also available at the MacMullan Center for an additional cost.

Online registration has now closed.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Laura Kaminski, MiCorps support staff, Great Lakes Commission, 734-971-9135.

The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) was created through Executive Order #2003-15 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 Resource Division, please visit their website.


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