The LOWIA Board has sent a letter requesting the funding of the following program:
The Michigan Clean Water Corps Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) is one of the most successful public-private collaborative partnership programs in Michigan history. Representing Michigan's only publicly funded program devoted to monitoring the water quality of our vast treasure of inland lakes, MiCorps CLMP is led by the Department of Environmental Quality, and is administered on a highly cost-effective basis by the Great Lakes Commission, Huron River Watershed Council, Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, and Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.
Currently several hundred citizen-volunteers actively monitor over 300 inland lakes each year. The loss of this highly regarded nationally recognized program would place Michigan in the undesirable position of being the only "lake rich" state or province within the Great Lakes region without an inland lakes water quality monitoring program. This volunteer-based program represents a key component of our ability to help preserve and protect the quality of our inland lakes for future generations!
Learn more about this program here.