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E-M:/ Save the Date! Fourth Annual MiCorps Conference

Title: MiCorps Announcements
A bulletin of the Michigan Clean Water Corps September 2, 2008  

Save the Date! Fourth Annual MiCorps Conference

October 20-21, 2008
Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center
Higgins Lake, Michigan

About the Conference
The fourth annual Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) conference will feature presentations from volunteers from across the state of Michigan . We will celebrate the amazing work that is being done by the MiCorps volunteers to protect Michigan 's lakes and streams. In addition, the conference will include presentations and training from regional experts, MiCorps staff and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Optional training for volunteers will take place on Monday, October 20 (see below), which is free of charge.  The full conference program will take place on Tuesday, October 21 st .  

Linda Green, University of Rhode Island (URI) Cooperative Extension, will be our keynote speaker. Linda is a nationally-recognized leader and educator who has worked in the area of volunteer monitoring for over 20 years. She has been Director of the URI Watershed Watch program since 1988, a science-based volunteer water quality monitoring program that generates virtually all of the state's lake water quality monitoring data. She is also active on a regional and national scale with volunteer monitoring and has represented the volunteer monitoring community on the National Water Quality Monitoring Council since 1997, and cochairs its Collaboration and Outreach workgroup.

Who Should Attend
The conference is intended 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.

Special Training for Volunteer Monitors
On Monday, October 20th , MiCorps will offer special training for volunteer monitors. The training sessions will be held at the MacMullan Conference center. The training is free of charge, but space is limited. For additional information on the training session, contact Paul Steen, psteen@hrwc.org , or call 734-769-5971.

For More Information
For more information on the conference or volunteer training, please contact Beth Johnson, MiCorps staff, Great Lakes Commission, 734-971-9135, ejohnson@glc.org .  The conference program and registration will be available soon on our conference website: http://www.micorps.net/conference .

The Michigan Clean Water Corps (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.