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Title: Conference Announcement: Second Annual MiCorps Conference, Oct. 2-3, 2006

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The Second Annual MiCorps Conference:
Empowering Michigan’s Volunteer Water Quality Monitors

October 2-3 2006
Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center
Higgins Lake, Michigan

The second annual Michigan Clean Water Corps -- MiCorps -- conference is an excellent opportunity for volunteer monitoring program leaders, citizen volunteers, and water resource professionals to gather together and share ideas about volunteer monitoring. The two-day conference will feature presentations from regional experts and provide training for both beginning and advanced monitoring programs. The conference will cover such topics as getting started in volunteer monitoring, recruiting and retaining volunteers, managing and using your data, fundraising, and designing a monitoring strategy. In addition, representatives from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will review trends in water quality in Michigan’s lakes and rivers and discuss the role that volunteer monitoring data plays in supporting water quality protection efforts. Dr. Mike Wiley, Professor of Natural Resources at the University of Michigan, will provide the keynote address. He will describe what we now know about rivers in Michigan and present projections of the future of our rivers for the next 24 years, highlighting where we expect big changes in stream conditions and how volunteer monitoring data can respond to these changes.

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.

Call for Presentations and Displays
Volunteer monitoring programs are invited to showcase how they are supporting local river or lake management efforts; effective strategies for recruiting and sustaining volunteer monitors; and other accomplishments in the volunteer monitoring field. Selected presentations will be made in conference breakout sessions and others will be invited to present posters. Space is also available for displays from local volunteer monitoring organizations. Presentation abstracts and questions should be directed to Matt Doss, MiCorps staff, Great Lakes Commission, 734-971-9135, mdoss@glc.org.

Special Training for Volunteer Monitors
On day one of the MiCorps Conference, Jo Latimore and Joan Martin with the Huron River Watershed Council will offer advanced training on stream macroinvertebrate ecology and identification. The training session 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 Jo Latimore, jlatimore@hrwc.org, or call 734-769-5971.

Contacts for More Information
For more information, please contact Matt Doss, MiCorps staff, Great Lakes Commission, 734-971-9135, mdoss@glc.org or visit 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. For more information about the MiCorps program, please visit http://www.micorps.net.