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Water work

The Michigan Clean Water Corps wants you! Or, more precisely, it wants your organization. But only if that organization is involved in monitoring the quality of Michigan’s waterways.

MiCorps, as it is affectionately known in bureaucratic circles, was established through an executive order issued by Gov. Jennifer Granholm. It is intended to assist the state Department of Environmental Quality in collecting and sharing water quality data. To further that effort, “all volunteer water quality monitoring coordinators are invited to register their programs for inclusion in an online directory of Michigan monitoring programs,” according to the good folks at MiCorps.

The goal, says the press release we received, “is to enhance communication, encourage data and information exchange, and foster increased recognition and use of volunteer monitoring data.”

Questions can be directed to Ric Lawson at the Great Lakes Commission, 734-971-9135 or More info about MiCorps can be found at


Kick it

If you are interested in helping the city of Detroit give visitors a warm welcome when they come to town next year for Super Bowl XL, you are running out of time to sign up. The recruitment campaign ends June 1. So far, more than 8,500 people have, as they say, “answered the call.” Impressive as that is, it’s still short of the 10,000 people the Detroit Super Bowl host committee wants to sign up.

Most volunteers will be put to work between Jan. 29 and Feb. 6. But let us warn you in advance — sorry, there are no gigs available inside Ford Field, but you will receive a nifty uniform and get invited to an appreciation party. Volunteers must be at least 18. Those signing up could be assigned to any number of locations, including airports and hotels, the Motown Winter Blast and more.

To complete a volunteer application or for more information, please visit For those without Internet access, please call the volunteer hotline at 313-262-2VOL.

Curt Guyette is news editor of Metro Times. Send comments to

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