Monitoring Request Form

The DEQ's Water Resources Division (WRD), is soliciting surface water quality monitoring recommendations for fiscal year (FY) 2017 to support implementation of the watershed-specific component of our Strategic Environmental Quality Monitoring Program for Michigan's Surface Waters (Strategy).1  

Monitoring efforts will be focused in the watersheds highlighted in the Basin Year 4 (2017) map on this web page.  However, surface water quality monitoring requests in other Michigan watersheds, including the Great Lakes and their connecting channels, will be considered.

The availability of Clean Michigan Initiative - Clean Water Fund monies has allowed the WRD to greatly enhance its water quality monitoring capabilities.  As a result, several types of monitoring activities can be recommended for consideration, including: 

  • Water chemistry 
  • Sediment chemistry
  • Fish contaminant
  • Caged fish chemical bioconcentration
  • Fish and/or macroinvertebrate community studies. 
  • Aquatic toxicity tests (ambient waters or effluents). 
  • Nuisance aquatic plant or algae growth studies. 
  • Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Inland lake trophic status investigations. 
  • E. coli bacteria
  • Channel morphology

An overview of the monitoring request process can be viewed in the 2015 webinar entitled “Water Quality Monitoring Requests – Background on the Process and How to Submit a Request.”  A recording of this webinar (duration: 49 minutes) can be viewed at  Presentation slides from this webinar can be downloaded at

Please electronically complete and submit a Water Quality Monitoring request at To be considered for sampling in 2017, please submit your request(s) by November 30, 2016 2.  Please refer to these instructions before completing the request form.

Important Dates for Monitoring Requestors
Date Deadline
October 14, 2016 Official application period opens3
November 30, 2016 Deadline for submitting requests for the 2017 field season
December 23, 2016 Confirmation emails sent out4
June 1, 2017 All requestors informed of final decisions

1 The primary goals of the Strategy include:

  • 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 MDEQ water quality protection programs (i.e., National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Nonpoint Source (NPS), and Site Remediation) and evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Detect new and emerging water quality problems.

2 Submission of a request does not guarantee WRD will be able to conduct the monitoring.  Many factors, including monitoring costs and available budget, staff availability, and division priorities, are taken into consideration during the decision-making process.

3 The official monitoring request period runs from October 14 through November 30 of each year.  Requests may be submitted at any time, however, if they are submitted after November 30 they likely will not be reviewed or considered until the next cycle (i.e., approximately a year later).

4 Confirmation emails will be sent to requestors by December 23, 2016.  If you submit a request and do not receive a confirmation email by December 18, 2015, please email or call Jeff Varricchione at 517-284-5557, Kelly Turek at 517-284-5485, or Lee Schoen at 517-284-6662, to ensure that your request was received.