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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program
Michigan Lake and Stream Associations and the Michigan Department of Environment Quality, Inland Lakes Division

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):
ML&SA Statewide

Contact Information
Name:Pearl BonnellStreet:PO Box 303
City: Long LakeState: Michigan
Zip Code:48743-0303Phone: 517 257 3583
Email:info@mlswa.orgWeb site1:
Fax: 517 257 2073Web site2:

Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? Yes

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):275
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number: Students Number:

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $115,000 Year monitoring began: 1974

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal GovernmentX State Government Local Government
Foundations BusinessesX Memberships
X DonationsX Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?Yes Is it state-approved?Yes
EPA-approved? Yes

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?Yes

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
Volunteers monitor Tranparancy, Spring and Summer Phosphorus, Chlorophyll a, water temperature, and Dissolved Oxygen. The state of Michigan Lab is used to run all chemical tests. Training is done by a MDEQ Limnologist. All records are recorded by the state. ML&SA has managed the program since 1991. This is a joint program with the State of Michigan and ML&SA, a state wide Volunteer Association. We also do chemical monitoring on rivers.

Environments monitored:
Groundwater, Lake or Pond, River or Stream, Wetland

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Dissolved Oxygen, Flow/Water level, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, Turbidity, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Chlorophyll, Exotic / Invasive species, Macroinvertebrates, Phytoplankton

Exotic/Invasive Species:
Eurasion Milfoil, Purpleloose, strife, etc

Additional activities:
Photographic surveys, Stream channel morphology

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, University scientists
Community organizingOur program
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditions 
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planningOur program
Plan restoration projects 
LegislationOur program
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisoriesOur program
State 305(b) report 


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