Michigan's Lakes and Streams through Citizen Science
A. MacMullan Conference Center
Higgins Lake, Michigan (View
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has now closed. Please contact Laura Kaminski at the Great Lakes Commission for more information (email@example.com or 734-971-9135).
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.
plenary speaker this year will be Bob Sweet, from
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.
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
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.
Training for Volunteer Monitors and Program Leaders
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
(firstname.lastname@example.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
to attend. Space is limited, so visit the online
registration page to sign up, or contact Laura Kaminski at email@example.com
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.
is now closed.
information, please contact Laura
MiCorps support staff, Great Lakes Commission, 734-971-9135.
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.