MSU specialist leads volunteers in detecting invaders

A story in MSU Today titled “On the Lookout for Invasive Plants” features Dr. Jo Latimore. Dr. Latimore is an academic specialist in the Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife with MSU Extension funding who contributes to the work of the Greening Michigan Institute. The article tells how she heads MSU’s part in the Michigan Clean Water Corps Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program, a statewide initiative of which MSU is an integral partner. The primary purpose of this cooperative program is to help citizen volunteers monitor indicators of water quality in their lakes and document changes in lake quality over time. Volunteers are trained to spot invasive weeds that grow beneath the water’s surface. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality uses the information for their work in removing invasive species from lakes. Read more in the article. Thanks to Jo for her leadership in building capacity among volunteers dedicated to stewardship of Michigan’s valued inland waters.

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