Michigan Clean Water Corps

The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) is a network of volunteer water quality monitoring programs in Michigan. MiCorps is administered by the Great Lakes Commission under the direction of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and in partnership with the Huron River Watershed Council, Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, and Michigan State University. MiCorps consists of two main programs – the Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program (VSMP) and the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP). The CLMP is the second oldest volunteer lake monitoring program in the country and has been an important component of Michigan’s inland lakes monitoring program for over 40 years.

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MiCorps seeks to support and expand the number of volunteer water quality monitoring organizations statewide for the purpose of collecting, sharing, and using reliable data for surface water bodies (inland lakes and streams); educating and informing the public about water quality issues; and fostering stewardship to facilitate the preservation and protection of Michigan’s water resources. MiCorps offers training opportunities for both current and aspiring MiCorps volunteers and holds an annual conference each fall for volunteer monitoring program leaders, citizen volunteers, water resource professionals, and others interested in the health and protection of Michigan’s rivers, lakes, and streams. Programs such as MiCorps offer many benefits and also help to extend the reach of data collection around the state in a more cost-effective manner than could be accomplished through state agency staff, alone.

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Project Narrative

MiCorps was created by Michigan Executive Order to assist the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in collecting and sharing water quality data for use in water resources management and protection programs.

MiCorps is comprised of two core volunteer monitoring programs, the Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program and the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program, and provides technical assistance and other support to local units of government, nonprofit entities, and other volunteers around the state in the management of these initiatives, including:

  • Training for stream and lake monitoring;
  • Disseminating methods for accurate data collection;
  • Implementing effective quality assurance practices;
  • Facilitating data reporting and information sharing online; and
  • Providing a forum for communication and support among volunteer monitoring groups in Michigan.

Additionally, the MiCorps Data Exchange (MDE) platform (available from the program website) provides online access to volunteer monitoring data through a searchable database. This system fulfills a critical role by allowing volunteers to gather and exchange reliable and meaningful water quality data for water resources management and protection programs at the state and local level.

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Project Partners

Funding

Funding for the Great Lakes Commission’s support and administration of MiCorps is provided under contract from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

For More Information

Laura Kaminski
MiCorps Program Administrator
Great Lakes Commission
734-971-9135 x. 6074
[email protected]

Paul Steen, Ph.D.,
Watershed Ecologist
Huron River Watershed Council
734-769-5123 x. 601
[email protected]

Marcy Knoll Wilmes
Senior Aquatic Biologist
Michigan DEQ
517-342-4348
[email protected] 

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