Clean Water Corps
Annual Conference Proceedings
annual Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) conference was held
October 28-29, 2013 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center
on Higgins Lake near Roscommon, Michigan.
conference showcased 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, the 2013 conference focused 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.
training sessions on "Non-native Aquatic Plant Identification, Monitoring, and Management" and "Overcoming Challenges to Coordinating Successful Volunteer Monitoring Programs," were offered on Monday afternoon to kick off
the annual conference.
Program and Other Documents:
Non-native Aquatic Plant Identification, Monitoring, and Management
Lisa Huberty, Michigan DEQ Aquatic Nuisance Control Program, Presentation (3.5 mb)
Overcoming Challenges to Coordinating Successful Volunteer Monitoring Programs: Volunteer Recruitment and Retention, and Program Evaluation
Jason Frenzel, Huron River Watershed Council, and Kevin Cronk, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Presentation
Handout: Sample Program Evaluation Form
Handout: Results Oriented Volunteer Recruiting Worksheet
Evening Presentation: Improving Water Quality of Lakes and Streams through the Use of Zoning Ordinances
Paul Sniadecki, Zoning Administrator, Milton Township, Presentation (1.7 mb)
Bill Dimond, Michigan DEQ, Presentation
A: MiCorps 101
Dr. Paul Steen, MiCorps Staff, Huron River Watershed Council,
session was geared toward those who are new to MiCorps and volunteer
monitoring, or those who wanted a refresher. An overview of
the program and how to get involved was provided, followed by
Q&A from the audience.
B: Adding Monitoring and Educational Tools to the Volunteer Monitoring "Toolkit"
Jason Frenzel, MiCorps Staff, Huron River Watershed
- Leslie Meyers, Three Lakes Association - Macroinvertebrate educational modules for students (No presentation available)
- Kevin Walters, Michigan DEQ - Aquatic Invasive Species education and outreach, Presentation
- Amos Ziegler, Michigan State University - Midwest Invasive Species Information Network, Presentation
for New MiCorps Members
by: Bill Dimond, Michigan DEQ, and
Paul Steen, MiCorps Staff, Huron River Watershed Council
Sharing Resources Around the State: A Geographic Networking Activity
This networking activity helped to connect participants with others from their part of the state to share experiences, resources, and expertise.
Early Detection of Aquatic Invasive Species using eDNA Technology: How MiCorps Volunteers can Help
Maggie Kronlein and Dr. Jo Latimore, Michigan State University,
Presentation (2.3 mb)
A: Supporting Lake Monitoring and Management through Outreach
Dr. Jo Latimore, Michigan State University
- Bob Myers, Rainbow Lake Property Owners Association - Community efforts to build awareness and stewardship among lake homeowners, Presentation
- Kira Davis, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians - Paradise Lake boat washing pilot program,
- Sharon Gardner and Emily Duthinh, Oakland County Conservation Stewards -
Oakland County Phragmites and Invasive Species Task Force, Presentation
B: Stream Monitoring Programs Presented by Past and Present
Dr. Paul Steen, MiCorps Staff, Huron River Watershed Council
- Anna Kornoelje and Kyle Bibby, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Presentation (link to external site)
- Kelly Goward, Macatawa Area Coordinating Council, Presentation (9.5 mb)
- Melinda Otto, Yellow Dog Watershed Partnership, Presentation
grantees discussed their volunteer stream monitoring programs'
successes and the lessons they've learned along the way.
Plenary: From Volunteer Monitoring to Nonpoint Source Problem Resolution: Watershed Management Plans for Restoration and Protection
Bob Sweet, Nonpoint Source Program, Michigan DEQ, Presentation
Bill Dimond, Michigan DEQ
for More Information:
information on the MiCorps program or conference, contact Laura
Kaminski, MiCorps staff, Great Lakes Commission, 734-971-9135, firstname.lastname@example.org.