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MiCorps offers grants and training for groups in Michigan to assess the condition of bridges and culverts crossing rivers and streams. Poorly designed or aging bridges and culverts are a major source of degradation to our waterways. These road/stream crossings cause stream sedimentation due to erosion, increase water flow, and block fish passage when improperly sized. Finding and rating poor road crossings… Read More

What will you do to protect your lake this year? Invasive plants like starry stonewort and Eurasian watermilfoil are sneaky attackers, lurking beneath the water’s surface and growing unnoticed until they have infested acres of a lake. Given the opportunity to establish themselves, these weeds are nearly impossible to eradicate, cost thousands of dollars annually… Read More

On October 18, the Office of the Great Lakes (OGL) officially rolled out Part 4 of their Water Strategy at a press event in Owosso. OGL Director, Jon Allan, spoke on the importance of water monitoring and the need for a long-term, sustainable funding source for groundwater and surface water quality monitoring.  Friends of the Shiawassee,… Read More

Water velocity x depth x width = Good times in the river This spring, MiCorps awarded stream flow monitoring grants to two organizations. Stream flow monitoring is a pilot parameter in 2016, meaning that these groups are the first to use these procedures and equipment and one of their jobs is to find any issues… Read More

Over the hill! The Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) has been operating since 1974 (when it was called the “Self-Help Program”). Every summer since then, with the exception of 1992 when the program was undergoing some administrative changes, volunteers have been measuring and monitoring lakes across Michigan. That means last summer we hit the big 4-0!… Read More

When I was little, my neighborhood friends and I would sneak away from our houses just after lunch, traverse down the wooded bluffs and spend the afternoon exploring the nooks and crannies of the nearby Willow River. Barefooted and sunburned, we would wade up the stream in search of wildlife. In all of our rumpus… Read More

It’s going to be a great year for the CLMP’s Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch! The Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch (EAPW) is a component of the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) where volunteers sample, identify, and map aquatic invasive plants in their lake. The EAPW is vital to the effort to locate and minimize the detrimental… Read More

MiCorps awarded The Friends of the Shiawassee River an Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Survey grant this past June to help them operate their macroinvertebrate monitoring program, Stream Team! The mission of the Friends of the Shiawassee River is to Care, by maintaining and improving the health of the river; Share, by enhancing the community’s appreciation and knowledge of the… Read More