a Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) Volunteer
The CLMP provides sampling methods, training workshops, technical support, quality control, and laboratory assistance for volunteers to monitor their lakes.
CLMP volunteers monitor for indicators of lake productivity, or the amount of plant and animal life that can be produced within the lake. The gradual increase of lake productivity over time is a natural process called eutrophication, or lake aging. Impaired water quality can often cause excessive lake productivity, leading to problems such as excessive plant growth, algal blooms, and mucky bottom sediments. A primary objective of most lake management plans is to slow down eutrophication by reducing the input of plant nutrients, such as phosphorus, and sediments to the lakes.
Lake scientists have
developed a variety of numerical indexes based on water quality
data to express lake productivity on a numerical scale. The widely
used Carlson Trophic State Index (TSI) incorporates water clarity,
or transparency, as measured by a Secchi disk; the algal plant pigment
chlorophyll a; and total phosphorus as indicators of lake productivity.
The CLMP was designed to provide data on these parameters. Volunteers
may classify their lake according to its level of productivity,
or trophic state, using Carlson's TSI. Long-term monitoring of these
parameters on a consistent and regular basis provides the data needed
to recognize changes or trends in lake productivity.
information about the CLMP, please visit the Michigan
Lake and Stream Associations web site.
To enroll your lake in
the CLMP program, please visit the online
for lake monitoring is provided each year at the Michigan Lake and
Stream Associations Annual Conference. The 2013 training will be
held on April
the DoubleTree by Hilton Riverfront Hotel Conference Center in Bay
City, Michigan. Please contact Paul
Steen or Jean Roth for
more information on these training sessions or visit the MLSA
training is offered free of charge to all CLMP enrollees; however,
participants are responsible for all associated lodging, meals and
travel expenses that may be incurred to attend.
annual conference events and seminars are separate from the free
CLMP training sessions, and require separate registration and associated
fees to attend.
MiCorps training page for more information
on upcoming training opportunities.