DEQ seeking suggestions for water quality monitoring locations

Oct. 27, 2014

For More Information:
Jeff Varricchione, 517-284-5557, varricchionej@michigan.gov
Karen Tommasulo, 517-284-6716, tommasulok@michigan.gov

As part of its ongoing effort to improve surface water quality, the DEQ is seeking input on where to focus monitoring efforts.

The DEQ is soliciting these water quality monitoring recommendations from municipalities, nonprofits and citizens for fiscal year 2015 to support implementation of the watershed-specific component of its Strategic Environmental Quality Monitoring Program for Michigan’s Surface Waters, available at www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/wb-swas-strategyupdate_254121_7.pdf?20141014152326.

Primary goals of the strategy are to:

• Assess the current status and condition of individual waters of the state and determine whether water quality standards are being met.
• Provide data to support the DEQ's existing water quality protection programs and evaluate their effectiveness.
• Detect new and emerging water quality problems.

To reach these aims, suggestions for monitoring water or sediment chemistry, fish contamination, fish or microinvertebrate communities, nuisance aquatic plant or algae growth, E. coli bacteria, and other issues are all welcome.

In FY2015, the DEQ intends to target the majority of its monitoring resources to those watersheds highlighted on the 2015 Targeted Monitoring Watershed map, available at www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3313_3686_3728-35720--,00.html. However, staff will consider recommendations for other Michigan watersheds, including the Great Lakes and connecting channels.

The Water Quality Monitoring Request form is available online at www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3313_3686_3728-12735--,00.html. The form may be completed electronically and submitted as an email attachment to DEQ-WRD-TMR@michigan.gov by Nov. 21.