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2016 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention and CLMP Training - April 28-30, Boyne Falls, MI

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The 2016 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention will be taking place on April 28-30, 2016, at the Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, MI. If you plan to attend, please see the announcement below to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration Discount which ends next week (March 15th).

In conjunction with this event, MiCorps will also be offering training on the lake monitoring techniques used in the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) on Thursday, April 28. All CLMP participants enrolled in a parameter that they have not previously done should try to join us for this training. Depending on the type of monitoring you will be conducting, your attendance at these trainings may be required in order to participate in the program (see below). These trainings are also open to any lake monitors who would like to learn these methods or are interested in a refresher. Pre-registration is required to attend these sessions (see http://www.mymlsa.org/2016-clmp-training).

 

Training recommended but not required

  • Secchi Disk Transparency
  • Spring or Summer Total Phosphorus

 

Training required

  • Chlorophyll-a
  • Dissolved Oxygen and Temperature
  • Score the Shore (Lakeshore Habitat Assessment)
  • Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch
  • Aquatic Plant Mapping

 

These CLMP training sessions are offered free of charge to all CLMP enrollees; however, participants are responsible for all associated lodging, meals, and travel expenses to attend. Please note: CLMP enrollees who wish to attend the Michigan Inland Lake Convention sessions must register for the Convention and pay the appropriate registration fees. The Michigan Inland Lake Convention is a separate event, with a separate registration and fees. (See announcement, below.)

 

If you haven't yet joined the CLMP for the 2016 sampling season, please visit https://micorps.net/lake-monitoring/ to learn more about the monitoring parameters and to enroll in the program. Deadlines for enrollment in 2016 parameters are fast approaching!

 

Questions?

 

More information and an online registration form for the CLMP training sessions is available at http://www.mymlsa.org/2016-clmp-training. Please contact Jean Roth (jroth@mlswa.org, 989-257-3715) with any questions.

 

Will additional CLMP trainings be offered?

 

MiCorps will be offering an alternate webinar training on May 3 from 6-8 PM for four of the 2016 parameters: Secchi Disk Transparency, Spring and Summer Total Phosphorus, Chlorophyll, and Score the Shore. While in-person training is still recommended for all first year CLMP participants, this additional training format is being offered to accommodate participants who may not be able to attend the in-person trainings on April 28, or for those participants who would simply like a refresher. Additional training resources (videos, factsheets, training presentations) are also available from the website (https://micorps.net/lake-monitoring/lake-training/). If you are unable to attend the in-person trainings and would like to receive additional information on the webinar, please contact laurak@glc.org to be added to our webinar training information list. We will also send an announcement out to the micorps-news@great-lakes.net email list with more details on how to register for the webinar.

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I'll add that ANYONE who is interested in the Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch training at the Convention is welcome to attend. We'll show you how to identify and survey for some of the most troublesome invasive aquatic plants (for our program, that's curly-leaf pondweed, Eurasian watermilfoil, starry stonewort, and Hydrilla). If you just attend the training (and not the rest of the Convention), you are not required to pay the registration fee. Contact me with any questions. 

We recently worked with DEQ to develop a short video about the Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch, if you'd like to know more. 

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