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GLIN==> FINAL NOTICE: Michigan's Clean Water Corps Conference, Oct. 29 -- Registration Deadline is today!

Title: First Annual Conference for Michigan's Clean Water Corps Program, Oct. 29 at the MacMullan Center on Higgins Lake
FINAL NOTICE -- Registration Deadline is today! 

Empowering Michigan’s Volunteer Water Quality Monitors:

First Annual Conference for Michigan’s Clean Water Corps
Volunteer Monitoring Program

Saturday, October 29, 2005
Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center
Higgins Lake, Michigan  

Conference agenda and registration form available online at http://www.micorps.net/conference.html 

Note:     Our keynote speaker will be Dr. David Allan, Professor at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment and a leading academic authority in river and stream ecology.  Dr. Allan will present on results from a recently-completed national study of river restoration efforts, "National River Restoration Science Synthesis."  This study reviewed nearly 40,000 river restoration projects, assessing their extent, nature, scientific basis and success.  Dr. Allan will reflect on the elements of successful river restoration initiatives and the role of volunteers in the process.

For background on Michigan’s Clean Water Corps program, visit http://www.micorps.net/about.html.  The Great Lakes Commission is administering the MiCorps program under contract with the Deptof Environmental Quality.

Conference Overview

This first annual conference will present Michigan’s Clean Water Corps - MiCorps - a new program created by Governor Jennifer Granholm to engage Michigan’s volunteer monitoring community to support the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in collecting and sharing data on the quality of Michigan’s lakes and streams. The one-day conference will review the MiCorps program structure and accomplishments; provide training on MiCorps monitoring protocols and data management procedures; educate volunteer monitors on how they can use their data to support local water quality protection efforts; highlight funding options for volunteer monitoring programs and tips for recruiting volunteer monitors; and provide volunteers with opportunities to interact with MiCorps and DEQ staff and leaders in Michigan’s volunteer monitoring community. DEQ staff will review trends in water quality in Michigan’s lakes and rivers, and how the state is using volunteer data.

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.  Conference sessions will showcase successful volunteer monitoring programs and funding options for supporting local efforts.  DEQ staff will recognize exemplary efforts by volunteers in MiCorps programs and solicit input on how to strengthen and better engage volunteer monitoring groups in this important new initiative.

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  

The day prior to the MiCorps Conference Jo Latimore and Joan Martin with the Huron River Watershed Council will offer training on stream macroinvertebrate ecology and identification, and managing and communicating volunteer monitoring data. The training session will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the MacMullan Conference center. The training is free of charge and is open to all interested parties. Please use the conference registration form to register in advance for the training. For additional information on the training session, contact Joan Martin, jmartin@hrwc.org, or Jo Latimore, jlatimore@hrwc.org, or call 734-769-5971.

Registration and Lodging

The conference registration fee is $25 and includes lunch on Saturday, breaks and all conference materials.  Dormitory-style lodging is available at the MacMullan Center at a rate of $50 for a double room and $72 for a single room (both include breakfast on Saturday).  Please use the conference registration form to register for the conference, lodging, and optional events. The registration deadline is Friday, October 21!  

Contacts for More Information

For more information on the MiCorps program or the Oct. 29 conference, contact Matt Doss, MiCorps staff, Great Lakes Commission, 734-971-9135, mdoss@glc.org.  Background on and current activities within the MiCorps program is available online at http://www.micorps.net.