Program and Other Documents

Optional Workshops


Michigan Clean Water Corps
Annual Conference

Ninth Annual Conference Proceedings

The ninth 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.

This year's 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.

Two optional 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.


Conference Program and Other Documents:

Conference Program

Conference Attendees


Optional Pre-Conference Sessions:

Non-native Aquatic Plant Identification, Monitoring, and Management

Dr. 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 (6.7 mb)


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)


Conference Presentations:

Welcoming Remarks
Bill Dimond, Michigan DEQ, Presentation (1.7 mb)

Breakout Session 1:

Option A: MiCorps 101

Moderator: Dr. Paul Steen, MiCorps Staff, Huron River Watershed Council, Presentation (1.4 mb)

This 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.

Option B: Adding Monitoring and Educational Tools to the Volunteer Monitoring "Toolkit"

Moderator: Jason Frenzel, MiCorps Staff, Huron River Watershed Council


  • Leslie Meyers, Three Lakes Association - Macroinvertebrate educational modules for students (No presentation available)
  • Kevin Walters, Michigan DEQ - Aquatic Invasive Species education and outreach, Presentation (10.0 mb)
  • Amos Ziegler, Michigan State University - Midwest Invasive Species Information Network, Presentation (5.1 mb)



Awards for New MiCorps Members

Presented by: Bill Dimond, Michigan DEQ, and

Dr. 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)

Breakout Session 2:

Option A: Supporting Lake Monitoring and Management through Outreach

Moderator: Dr. Jo Latimore, Michigan State University


  • Bob Myers, Rainbow Lake Property Owners Association - Community efforts to build awareness and stewardship among lake homeowners, Presentation (5.0 mb)
  • Kira Davis, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians - Paradise Lake boat washing pilot program, Presentation (5.7 mb)
  • Sharon Gardner and Emily Duthinh, Oakland County Conservation Stewards - Oakland County Phragmites and Invasive Species Task Force, Presentation (3.6 mb)

Option B: Stream Monitoring Programs Presented by Past and Present MiCorps Grantees

Moderator: 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 (4.0 mb)

MiCorps grantees discussed their volunteer stream monitoring programs' successes and the lessons they've learned along the way.

Afternoon Plenary: From Volunteer Monitoring to Nonpoint Source Problem Resolution: Watershed Management Plans for Restoration and Protection

Bob Sweet, Nonpoint Source Program, Michigan DEQ, Presentation (8.9 mb)

Conference Wrap-up and Evaluation
Bill Dimond, Michigan DEQ


Contacts for More Information:

For more information on the MiCorps program or conference, contact Laura Kaminski, MiCorps staff, Great Lakes Commission, 734-971-9135,


Header photo: Glen Lake, MI by Sean McKendall
Webmaster: Laura Andrews
Program administered by the Great Lakes Commission
and supported by funding from the
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality