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      Be proactive about lake protection by volunteering your time

      The Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council is looking for volunteers to monitor lakes of all sizes throughout Emmet, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Antrim counties.

      You can help keep area lakes healthy by volunteering your time this summer.

      The Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council is looking for volunteers to monitor lakes of all sizes throughout Emmet, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Antrim counties.

      The Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program has been an important part of the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council since 1986. Throughout that time, volunteer monitors have generated a remarkable amount of data for more than 25 lakes.

      The data collected does not just sit in a database; it is used regularly on work to improve lake management and protect the water quality and ecosystem integrity of Northern Michigan's lakes. The Watershed Council uses volunteer data to characterize lakes, assess water quality, and discern both short-term changes and long-term trends in the lakes of Northern Michigan.

      A free training session will be offered on Friday, May 24 from 10:00am to Noon at the Inland Waterway Museum in Alanson.

      During the training, volunteers will review the lake monitoring program and go over methods for data collection. Afterwards, attendees will have an opportunity to practice monitoring procedures during a pontoon boat ride on Crooked Lake. Volunteers committed to monitoring their lake once a week during the months of June, July and August are provided the necessary equipment and supplies to complete their monitoring. A boat is required to do the sampling each week and is not provided by the Watershed Council.

      If you are interested in monitoring a lake this summer and need more information or if you would like to register for the free training session, please contact Kevin Cronk at 231-347-1181 or email kevin@watershedcouncil.org

      Currently the Watershed Council is seeking volunteer lake monitors for the following lakes: Susan Lake, Deer Lake, Lake of the Woods, Ben-way Lake, Wilson Lake, Silver Lake in Wolverine, Wildwood Lake, Lance Lake, Tower Pond, Tomahawk Flooding, Round Lake in Emmet County and in Charlevoix County, Lake Charlevoix (west end), Little Traverse Bay and East Grand Traverse Bay. In addition, substitutes are needed on many of the other lakes in the region.