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Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program

Main Project Information
Presented By Michigan Clean Water Corps
Goal Record of lake water quality, plants, and shoreline habitat
Task Monitor lake water quality, plants, and/or shoreline habitat
Where Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program
Michigan, United States of America

MiCorps’ Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) provides technical assistance, training, and other support to volunteer lake monitors in Michigan to ensure that they are collecting reliable, high-quality data.

The CLMP has been an important component of Michigan’s inland lakes monitoring program for over 40 years, which makes it the second oldest volunteer monitoring program for lakes in the country. The primary purpose of this cooperative program is to help citizen volunteers monitor indicators of water quality in their lake and document changes in lake quality over time.

How to Join

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Project Timing Monitoring season runs from mid-May to late September.
Participation Fee what $25
Materials List Materials vary by parameter measured
Ideal Age Group Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Other
Average Time Several hours
Training Materials
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags algae, chlorophyll, habitat, invasive species, lakes, michigan, phosphorus, plants, secchi, water quality
Project Updated 05/23/2018