MiCorps Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program

About the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program

The Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) has been an important component of Michigan’s inland lakes monitoring program for over 35 years, which makes it the second oldest volunteer monitoring program for lakes in the country. The primary purpose of this cooperative program is to help citizen volunteers monitor indicators of water quality in their lake and document changes in lake quality over time. The goals of the  program are:

  1. Provide baseline information and document trends in water quality for individual lakes.
  2. Educate lake residents, users, and interested citizens in the collection of water quality data, lake ecology, and lake management practices.
  3. Build a constituency of citizens to practice sound lake management at the local level and build public support for lake quality protection.
  4. Provide a cost-effective process for the MDEQ to increase baseline data for lakes state-wide.

Since 1992, the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations (ML&SA) has administered the CLMP jointly with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) under a Memorandum of Understanding.  ML&SA continues to administer this program under the auspices of the collaborative partnership known as the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps).

To view a fun and interesting movie produced by Deer Lake (Oakland County) CLMP volunteers while conducting their collecting their late fall sampling:

For the National Secchi Dip-In Web Site, click here…

Visit the MiCorps CLMP website here to learn more:

Download PDF: 2017 CLMP Final Report