What is Stream Monitoring?

Are you curious about the health of your local streams and rivers? Did you know that you can help monitor their health? It’s easy and fun! During stream monitoring, a group of volunteers visits a few sites to collect data. In the process, they put on waders, waterproof boots connected to waterproof overalls, to keep […]

Volunteer Impact: Thirty Years of Bugs and Citizen Science

Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) is celebrating 30 years of River Roundups, our macroinvertebrate monitoring program! In 1992, a group of pioneering staff and volunteers first stuck their nets into flowing water and dumped debris into white pans, sorting for benthic macroinvertebrates. This established a legacy of volunteer science that has since spread across Michigan, […]

EPA Helps Muskegon Lake Community

Communities that have carried the burden of pollution from industrial sites for decades have an opportunity to thrive when local waterways are finally cleaned up. A new short video series highlights the stories of 5 communities along waterways deemed Areas of Concern (AOCs) and one is Muskegon Lake in Michigan.  With the help of the […]

This Holiday, You Can Protect Our Waterways

This Fourth of July holiday weekend, boaters are being asked to help stop the spread of invasive, nonnative plants and animals in our waterways. Some local conservation programs will hold workshops reminding the public of ways boaters can help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, which pose great risks to the health of our […]

Researchers study plastic pollution in Great Lakes

A new study by Rochester Institute of Technology that inventories and tracks high concentrations of plastic in the Great Lakes could help inform cleanup efforts and target pollution prevention. Researchers found that nearly 10,000 metric tons—or 22 million pounds—of plastic debris enter the Great Lakes every year from the United States and Canada. Matthew Hoffman, […]

Great Lakes Commission awards grants to conduct aquatic invasive species outreach to boaters this summer

The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) announced today that it will award more than $65,000 in grants to Tribes and local organizations in the Great Lakes region to conduct outreach to boaters this summer as part of the Great Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Landing Blitz. Four of the grant recipients are in Michigan and total […]

Students Team-up with DNR

A group of middle school students in Madison Heights are helping to restore salmon populations in Michigan with the help of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Their school, Four Corners Montessori Academy participated in a program that allows students to raise and care for salmon in the classroom and release them into the wild. […]

Eaton County Collaborative Stream Monitoring Program Awarded Grant

Olivet, Michigan – Olivet College, in partnership with the Eaton Conservation District (ECD), has received a $16,391 Stream Monitoring Implementation Grant from the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps). The grant will support the newly established Eaton County Collaborative Stream Monitoring Program. The monitoring program consists of stream sites throughout Eaton County within the Upper Thornapple […]

New Report released, Building Consensus: Securing Protection of Michigan’s Groundwater

FLOW, For Love Of Water has released an important new report, Building Consensus: Securing Protection of Michigan’s Groundwater, and a related story map swelling with interactive information on groundwater. The report summarizes more than a year of proceedings and the resulting recommendations by members of  the Michigan Groundwater Table, a group of key stakeholders we […]

MiCorps Spring Webinar Series available

Michigan Clean Water Corps partnered with the Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife to host a series of webinars on lake and stream topics. Organized and presented by fisheries and wildlife graduate students, these webinars were free to attend and open to all. Each webinar was recorded and posted on the MiCorps website […]