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MiCorps: Invitation to Join Statewide Network of Volunteer Monitoring Programs

 

The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) is developing a statewide network of volunteer water quality monitoring programs to enhance communication, encourage data and information exchange, and foster increased recognition and use of volunteer monitoring data.  As part of this effort, all volunteer water quality monitoring coordinators are invited to register their programs for inclusion in an online directory of Michigan monitoring programs.

 

This online, searchable directory provides contact and basic program information about volunteer monitoring organizations in Michigan. Registering in the MiCorps directory is an excellent way to raise awareness about your organization and to network with other programs in the state.  All volunteer water quality monitoring programs in the State of Michigan are eligible to register in the directory.  The registration process should take no more than five minutes.  For more information about the MiCorps online directory, please visit www.micorps.net/register.html.

 

Monitoring organizations that meet MiCorps-established quality assurance and management criteria are encouraged to register to become MiCorps member organizations.   If your organization meets the criteria to become a MiCorps member organization, it will be eligible to take advantage of all the benefits MiCorps has to offer. These benefits include:

·         Permission to enter your monitoring data into the MiCorps data exchange platform which can then be accessed by the monitoring community and the general public

·         Use of your data by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) as a screening tool and as supplemental data for DEQ water resources management programs

·         Access to a wide array of MiCorps resources and monitoring expertise

·         Recognition as a state leader in volunteer monitoring

To view the criteria to become a member organization, please visit www.micorps.net/register.html.

 

Finally, you are invited to subscribe to the new MiCorps listserv.  This listserv facilitates the exchange of information and ideas regarding volunteer monitoring issues specific to Michigan among volunteer monitoring program leaders, volunteers, and resource professionals.  You can subscribe online at: www.micorps.net/listserv.html.

 

Thank you for your interest in the MiCorps program.  If you have any questions, please contact Ric Lawson at the Great Lakes Commission, 734-971-9135, rlawson@glc.org.  For more information about the MiCorps program, please visit www.micorps.net.

 

MiCorps was created through an executive order by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm to assist the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in collecting and sharing water quality data for use in water resources management and protection programs.