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Michigan’s “Highest Seniority” Volunteer Inland Lake Water Quality Monitor Retires

By October 27, 2011 No Comments

Ralph Vogel of Corey Lake Hangs Up His Secchi Disk After 37 Years

Resourceful, practical, all-around-nice-guy, handy, a team player, generous, persistent and stewardship oriented – these are just a small sample of the superlatives that folks in the know have expressed in describing the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program’s (CLMP) “highest seniority” volunteer inland lake water quality monitor – the affable Mr. Ralph Vogel of southwest Michigan’s Corey Lake.

Following a long and fruitful career dedicated to enthusiastically monitoring the water quality in his favorite lake as well as providing outstanding technical and material support to the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program, Ralph will retire at the end of this season to spend more time with his family.

While it is impossible to adequately summarize and honor an active volunteer career which began in the spring of 1974 within the limited confines of a brief newsletter article – for now, we’ll just say that Ralph’s steadfast dedication to the CLMP program has established a measure of long-term excellence for which we all strive.  The entire Michigan Lake and Stream Associations extended statewide family wishes Ralph and his family all the best in retirement.  Please look for a more extensive article on Ralph’s substantive contributions to the CLMP program in the upcoming winter edition of The Michigan Riparian Magazine.