Guest Blog by: Erick Elgin, Aquatic Ecologist, MSU Extension Starry stonewort has emerged as one of the most dreaded aquatic invasive plants in Michigan. This aggressive macroalgae can produce dense “meadows” that fill the water column, which hinders recreation and may have wide-reaching impacts on lake ecosystems. However, despite being in North America for 40… Read More

All lakes are in danger of establishment and disruption by aquatic invasive species! In the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP), people that I like to call “Water Heroes” (also known as lake monitoring volunteers) are the ones whose diligence protects their lake from infestation. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed June 30-July 7, 2019, as Michigan’s Aquatic Invasive… Read More

Guest Blog by: Mike Gallagher, President, Michigan Lake Stewardship Associations, and Gull Lake Quality Organization Way back in 2006, the Gull Lake association board of directors sat around the table and once again discussed the same old questions: “How do we know if our lake quality is getting better or worse? How can we monitor… Read More

Guest Blog by: Dr. Jo Latimore, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University The term “citizen science” is used a lot these days. In the past few years, it has evolved from the latest “new” idea, to a popular buzzword, to an everyday phrase. Many of us involved with volunteer lake and stream monitoring… Read More

Guest Blog by: Patricia Jarrett, Office Manager and Monitoring Coordinator, Muskegon River Watershed Assembly When I tell friends about my job working for the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly (MRWA), they are often surprised about the variety and unpredictable nature of my work, especially when I am out in the field. I have to remind them… Read More

One idea that rings true for most people is a love for lakes. People enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, and so many other activities on and in the water. We look at a lake from our perspective about the best way to enjoy the lake, but it is important to remember that fish and wildlife… Read More

Guest Blog by: Chelsea Cooper, Water Quality Monitoring Intern, Manistee Conservation District Editor’s Note: This blog post is one example of how MiCorps is facilitating partnerships between local, state, and federal organizations to grow lake and stream monitoring efforts in Michigan. In the spring of 2016, the Manistee Conservation District (MCD) began to take action… Read More

Guest Blog by: Niklas Krantz, Senior at Wayne State University and 2018 HRWC Summer Intern Acknowledgement: This blog was first posted at on September 18 and is being reposted with permission. Starry stonewort. If you are a lakefront property owner somewhere downstream of the St. Lawrence Seaway, you may have heard the name at… Read More