Volunteer Water Monitoring Conference to be held November 8-9, 2017
Volunteers from across the state will gather November 8-9, 2017, for the 13th annual Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) conference to share water quality monitoring activities and data aimed at protecting and restoring Michigan’s lakes and streams. The two-day event will be held at the Kettunen Center in Tustin, Michigan.
The annual conference brings together water quality monitoring volunteers, state and regional experts, as well as Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and MiCorps staff to share the latest volunteer monitoring efforts and success stories to improve water quality.
MiCorps is a network of volunteer monitors created to assist the MDEQ in collecting and sharing water quality data to protect and manage Michigan’s lakes and streams. It is administered by the MDEQ and Great Lakes Commission, in collaboration with the Huron River Watershed Council, Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc., 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; and will feature a keynote presentation by Matt Meersman, Program Director, St. Joseph River Basin Commission.
Volunteer monitors are also invited to attend two free training workshops on November 8, 2017, on preventing the spread of invasive species and developing volunteer leadership.
The registration deadline is November 1, 2017. The conference program and registration form are available online here.
Volunteer monitoring program leaders, citizen volunteers, water resource professionals, and others interested in the health and protection of Michigan’s lakes, rivers, and streams are encouraged to attend.
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