2017 Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute
Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute. The Institute provides outdoor and classroom experiences that improve participants’ understanding of lake and stream ecology and management, while developing communication, leadership, and conflict management skills. Engaged citizens, early career professionals, and natural resources students are especially encouraged to apply. Full information and application forms are available on the Institute web page. The Institute is sponsored by Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, and endorsed by the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership.
Volunteer for Your Lake!
Enrollment is now open for the 2017 Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP). During the 2016 season, over 400 volunteers collected data on over 220 lakes statewide. Monitoring will help you understand the health of your lake, and whether that health is changing over time. Volunteers receive training and materials to collect data and understand it. The CLMP is part of the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps), our statewide volunteer lake and stream monitoring program.
Registration Open for 2017 Shoreline and Shallows Conference
Registration is open for the 2017 Shoreline and Shallows Conference being held at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing, Thursday, March 9. This year’s topics focus on Michigan’s new Shoreland Stewards Program; Wisconsin’s Healthy Lakes Initiatives; Invasive and Nuisance Plant and Animal Control Options; Fish Habitat; Accessing Information on Lakes and the new Michigan Lake Habitat Viewer; and Bioengineering Structures and Products. The conference is a program of the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership and is endorsed by the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership.
Explore Michigan’s wonderful world of crayfish
A new poster from Michigan Sea Grant celebrates biodiversity of these freshwater crustaceans.
National Lakes Assessment 2012 Results
The Environmental Protection Agency has released the results of the 2012 National Lakes Assessment. Fifty-three Michigan lakes were included in this survey, designed to provide the public and decision makers with nationally consistent and representative information on the condition of the nation’s waters. The EPA site includes the full report, key findings, and an interactive data dashboard. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality provides a description of Michigan’s participation in this effort, the first of which was in 2007.
DNR’s New Web-Based Map Displays Inland Lake Habitat Information
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently launched a new web-based mapping tool - the Inland Lake Habitat Viewer - to provide the public with information about the state’s inland lakes. The tool is ideal for those interested in learning more about habitat conditions in an individual lake, or how habitat conditions vary among lakes in the state.
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