The DCWA's lake and stream monitoring activities take place under the auspices of the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps).  The link below provides a short overview of all MiCorps programs.  (Use the 'back' button on your browser to return to this page.)

The lake monitoring component of MiCorps is known as the Cooperative Lake Monitoring Program (CLMP).  View a summary of its goals and procedures at the link below. (Use the 'back' button on your browser to return to this page).

Stream monitoring using MiCorps protocols focuses on characterizing the riparian habitat (land use, hydrology, plant cover) and the in-stream macro invertebrate community (insects, mollusks, etc.).  The link below provides an overview. (Return to this page using your browser's 'back' button.)

The Muskegon Conservation District and the DCWA received a 2-year grant in 2010 under the MiCorps Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program (VSMP).  The grant supported initiation of data collection along Duck Creek on riparian habitat quality, hydrology, and the in-stream macro invertebrate community (a suite of organisms that are sensitive indicators of water quality and stream health).  After funding lapsed, the DCWA has continued twice-yearly monitoring of Duck Creek using its own resources, creating an ongoing record of stream health and ecosystem functioning.  Use the link above to see basic facts about the VSMP.

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