Monitoring Michigan's Lakes and Streams through Citizen Science

Location and Date

October 28-29, 2013
Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center
Higgins Lake, Michigan (View Map | Site Map)

Conference Program

Online registration has now closed. Please contact Laura Kaminski at the Great Lakes Commission for more information ( or 734-971-9135).

Conference Overview

The ninth annual Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) conference will feature presentations from volunteers around the state, regional experts, and DEQ and MiCorps staff, covering both lake and stream topics of interest and success stories from volunteer monitoring efforts. In particular, this year's conference will focus on monitoring Michigan's lakes and streams through citizen science, including presentations on adding tools to the volunteer monitoring toolkit, supporting monitoring efforts through outreach and community education, and addressing watershed needs through watershed management planning.

Our featured plenary speaker this year will be Bob Sweet, from the Michigan DEQ Nonpoint Source Program, who will present information on utilizing watershed management planning for nonpoint source problem resolution and for restoration and protection within a watershed. With nearly 30 years of experience in state government, Mr. Sweet has worked in a variety of capacities ranging from fish hatchery activities in Indiana to assisting state, federal, and local partners in reducing nonpoint source pollution through watershed management planning in Michigan. Mr. Sweet currently focuses on nonpoint source grant making, social monitoring, and watershed planning.

Optional training for both beginners and advanced volunteer monitors will take place on Monday, October 28th (see below), which is free of charge. The full conference program will take place on Tuesday, October 29th.  

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 and Program Leaders

During the afternoon of Monday, October 28th, MiCorps will offer two free training workshops for volunteer monitors. Participants may attend either "Non-native Aquatic Plant Identification, Monitoring, and Management" or "Overcoming Challenges to Coordinating Successful Volunteer Monitoring Programs." See the conference program for additional details or contact Dr. Paul Steen ( 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 to attend. Space is limited, so visit the online registration page to sign up, or contact Laura Kaminski at or 734-971-9135 for more information.

Registration and Lodging

The conference registration fee is $40 and includes lunch on Tuesday, breaks, facility use fees, and all conference materials. Dormitory-style lodging, Monday night dinner, and Tuesday breakfast are also available at the MacMullan Center for an additional cost. Please reserve your seat and/or overnight lodging in advance using the conference registration site.

Online registration is 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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Program administered by the Great Lakes Commission
and supported by funding from the
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