NCCISMA is partnering with the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly (MRWA) to address invasive species in the upper portion of the Muskegon River Watershed. The watershed includes not just the river itself, but all of the surrounding area that ultimately drains into the river. One key component of this project is the enrollment of area lakes into the MiCorps Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch (EAPW) program, which is part of the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP). The EAPW teaches volunteers how to monitor their lakes for aquatic invasive plants. Too often we don't realize how pervasive an invasive species is in an area until it is too late to eradicate it, therefore, early detection of aquatic invasives is vital to protecting Michigan's waters.
To enroll in the EAPW, a lake must also be enrolled in the CLMP Secchi Disk Transparency Program. Enrollment in the Transparency Program and EAPW each cost $30 making the total cost of program enrollment $60. NCCISMA will provide enrolled within the NCCISMA and project are of the Muskegon River watershed with free surveying equipment.
Visit the EAPW website to learn how to enroll.
If you are already enrolled in the program and would like to get free surveying equipment, contact NCCISMA.