Monitoring Request Form

The DEQ's Water Resources Division (WRD), is soliciting surface water quality monitoring recommendations for fiscal year (FY) 2018 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 5 (2018) map.  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 an upcoming webinar titled "Water Quality Monitoring Requests - Background on the Process and How to Submit a Request" that is scheduled for Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 10:00 to 11:00 am EST.  Information about the webinar and how to register can be found at  Pre-registration is required.

Please electronically complete and submit a Water Quality Monitoring request at To be considered for sampling in 2018, please submit your request(s) by October 31, 2017 2.  Please refer to these instructions before completing the request form.

Important Dates for Monitoring Requestors
Date Deadline
September 20, 2017 Official application period opens3
October 31, 2017 Deadline for submitting requests for the 2018 field season
December 29, 2017 Confirmation emails sent out4
June 8, 2018 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 September 20 through October 31, 2017.  Requests may be submitted at any time, however, if they are submitted after October 31 they likely will not be reviewed or considered until the next cycle (i.e., approximately a year later) if funding is available.

4 Confirmation emails will be sent to requestors by December 29, 2017.  If you submit a request and do not receive a confirmation email by January 5, 2018, please email or call Jeff Varricchione at 517-342-4557, or Lee Schoen at 517-342-4500, to ensure that your request was received.