EGLE seeks suggestions for water quality monitoring locations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 30, 2019
EGLE Media Office, EGLE-Assist@Michigan.gov, 517-284-9278
Lee Schoen, Aquatic Biologist, SchoenL1@Michigan.gov, 517-342-4500

As part of an ongoing effort to improve surface water quality, EGLE seeks input on where to focus monitoring efforts. Recommendations support implementation of the watershed-specific component of the Strategic Environmental Quality Monitoring Program.

The strategy’s primary goals are to:

  • Assess the current status and condition of waters of the state.
  • Measure spatial and temporal water quality trends.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of water quality restoration and protection programs.
  • Identify new and emerging water quality problems.

To reach these aims, suggestions for monitoring water or sediment chemistry, contaminants in fish, fish or macroinvertebrate communities, algae growth, E. coli bacteria, and other issues are all welcome. In fiscal year 2020 EGLE plans to target the majority of its monitoring resources to those watersheds highlighted in the Basin Year 2 watersheds map, though staff will consider recommendations for other Michigan watersheds, including the Great Lakes and connecting channels.

In order to be considered for the fiscal year 2020 field season, the water quality monitoring request form needs to be completed electronically and submitted by Oct. 30, 2019.

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