Volunteer water monitoring conference set for Oct. 23

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 17, 2019
Marcy Knoll Wilmes, Aquatic Biologist, KnollM@Michigan.gov, 517-342-4348
EGLE Media Office, EGLE-Assist@Michigan.gov, 517-284-9278

Volunteers from across the state will gather Oct. 23 for the 15th annual Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) conference to share water quality monitoring efforts aimed at protecting and restoring Michigan’s lakes and streams.

The one-day event, which also celebrates MiCorps’ 15-year Crystal Anniversary, will take place at the Kettunen Center in Tustin, Michigan.

The annual conference brings together water quality monitor volunteers, state and regional experts, as well as Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) biologists and MiCorps staff to share the latest volunteer monitoring efforts and success stories to improve water quality.

MiCorps is a network of volunteer monitoring programs created to assist EGLE in collecting and sharing water quality data with the goal of protecting Michigan’s lakes and streams. It is administered by EGLE and the Great Lakes Commission, in collaboration with the Huron River Watershed Council, Michigan Lake Stewardship Associations, and Michigan State University.

This year’s conference will focus on community engagement and the use of monitoring data to inform management decisions and protect and improve water quality. The keynote features Jeremy Geist, Great Lakes stream restoration manager at Trout Unlimited, who will present information on improving watershed connectivity, resiliency and habitat in response to past and present threats to the region’s cold water resources. Participants may also choose from two in-depth training sessions on “Insect Identification” or “Plants of Michigan’s Lakes and Streams.”

The registration deadline is Oct. 15. The conference program and registration form are available online at MiCorps.net/Conference-2019.

Volunteer monitoring program leaders, citizen volunteers, water resource professionals and others interested in the health and protection of Michigan’s lakes and streams are encouraged to attend.

For more information on the conference or MiCorps, visit MiCorps.net or contact Laura Kaminski, Great Lakes Commission, at 734‑971-9135 or laurak@glc.org.

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