MISIP Presentation at Icebreakers Conference

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council hosted a well attended program on Swimmer's Itch on March 22nd.  Susan Price, Project Manager of MISIP introduced the goals and accomplishments of MISIP as well as the elements of a new lake assessment cost-share program recently offered by MISIP.  Also, Dr. Curt Blankespoor of Swimmer's Itch Solutions presented information on swimmer's itch and the highly successful control program on Higgins Lake.  To watch the presentation, click here

NRC and DNR approve a new Merganser Control Permit Program

We are pleased to announce that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has finalized a new Common Merganser Control Permit Program.  This is great news for lakes who hope to utilize the highly successful method of trap and release of common mergansers.  We'd like to thank the MDNR who worked tirelessly with the MISIP and other groups to develop this new permit program. Click this link for details of the .  An application is available to apply for a permit, which would be valid for the 2019 season.

Lakes interested in preparing to apply for a permit in 2019 will have to take several steps to qualify for a permit.  Among the requirements are a lake assessment, verifying the presence of the swimmer's itch parasite and the hosts which perpetuate the lifecycle.  More information about conducting an assessment and other elements of the program will be presented at the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations Conference on April 21st from 1:30 to 3:30.

Registration now open for Michigan Lake and Stream Associations Conference

Registration is now open for the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations 57th Annual Conference.  MISIP will present from 1:30 to 3:30 pm on Saturday, April 21st.  Topics include results of control work and research in 2017, The newly approved Merganser Control Permit Program, and progress on preventative programs including a preventative cream which is showing promise.  To register, go to https://www.mymlsa.org/mlsa-57th-annual-conference/

MISIP General Membership Meeting - Saturday, April 21

Prior to the ML&SA presentation at the ML&SA Conference, a meeting of the MISIP membership will be held at the Crystal Mountain conference facility. All members are welcome to attend from 9:30 to 12:30 where they will learn the latest MISIP news. Registration to the conference is not required to attend the MISIP meeting, but we do encourage you to attend some of the sessions of the conference.  Please email Susan Price (sbprice05@gmail.com) if you plan to attend the MISIP General Membership Meeting.

Save the Date! MISIP Presentation at ML&SA Conference

MISIP will once again be presenting at the annual Michigan Lake and Streams Association Meeting on Saturday, April 21st at 1:30 PM at the Crystal Mountain Resort. Presenters will include Jim Vondale, co-chair of the Michigan Swimmer’s Itch Partnership, Dr. Curt Blankespoor of Swimmer’s Itch Solutions, Ron Reimink of Freshwater Solutions, and Wayne Swallow, Watershed Biologist for Lake Leelanau. They will be focusing on describing the impressive work completed on five lakes during 2017, results of these control and research programs, and insights gained from that work. They will also be discussing the new Merganser Control Permit Program, with tips about how a lake can prepare to apply for and qualify for a permit. In addition, Wayne Swallow will speak about progress on a new preventative cream that he has been developing for many years.

The Conference will also feature many other important and interesting topics regarding issues affecting Michigan’s inland lakes and streams.

For more information about the conference and to register to attend the conference, please go to : http://www.mymlsa.org/mlsa-57th-annual-conference-2/

Five Lakes Report on Control Activities during 2017

Five Northern Michigan Lakes conducted control activities and research during 2017.  Higgins Lake, Crystal Lake, Lake Leelanau, Glen Lake and Lime Lake hired contractors to trap and remove mergansers, to study the nesting habits of mergansers, intensively investigate certain areas with persistent swimmer's itch problems, and to develop new methodologies to measure the level of risk of swimmer's itch in a given lake.  In addition, two individuals were trained in the trap and relocate techniques, which will increase the number of contractors with the skills necessary to complete these tasks.

In all, 355 mergansers were trapped and relocated.  The levels of swimmer's itch in these five lakes should experience significantly less incidents of swimmer's itch next summer

See the reports tab to locate the reports


A conference is scheduled for Monday, September 18th to present information about Swimmer's Itch as well as the results of control and research programs that have been conducted on five Michigan Lakes this summer.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this informative day.  Details and an agenda will be posted at a later date.