Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program

The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) was created through Michigan Executive Order #2003-15 to assist the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) in collecting and sharing water quality data for use in water resources management and protection programs. The CLMP has been an important component of Michigan’s inland lakes monitoring program for over 40 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.

We continue routine monitoring of water clarity, phosphorus, oxygen, and chlorophyll in Lake Bellaire, Clam Lake, and Torch Lake. If you would like to participate in this effort from May to October please contact the Three Lakes or fill out our Volunteer Form. The CLMP is administered by the Michigan Lake and Stream Association. Training for lake monitoring is typically provided each year at the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations (MLSA) Annual Conference or Michigan Inland Lakes Convention.

To see the most recently available reports visit the Michigan Clean Water Corps CLMP website, and select Antrim County. New reports come out approximately in March for the previous summer’s data collection. Note: The CLMP program was not fully funded by the state in 2020, so you will see minimal data on the CLMP website for 2020. However, TLA dutifully collected all of the relevant data, which is available to you upon request.

2017 Reports
Lake Bellaire
Clam Lake
Torch Lake – North
Torch Lake – South

2016 Reports
Lake Bellaire
Clam Lake
Torch Lake – North
Torch Lake – South

2015 Reports
Lake Bellaire
Clam Lake
Torch Lake – North
Torch Lake – South

2014 Reports
2014 Lake Bellaire
2014 Clam Lake
2014 Torch Lake – North
2014 Torch Lake – South