Monitoring Request Form

EGLE's Water Resources Division (WRD), is soliciting surface water quality monitoring recommendations for fiscal year (FY) 2020 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 2 (2020) 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 and Renew Michigan Fund monies has allowed the WRD to greatly enhance its water quality monitoring capabilities.  As a result, several types of monitoring activities can be requested for consideration.  Please note that submission of a request does not guarantee that the WRD will be able to conduct the requested monitoring.  Many factors, including budget, staff availability, and the division priorities, are taken into consideration during the decision-making process.

Typical parameters monitored by the WRD include the following:

Please electronically complete and submit a Water Quality Monitoring request at To be considered for sampling in 2020, please submit your request(s) by October 30, 2019 2.

Important Dates for Monitoring Requestors
Date Deadline
September 30, 2019 Official application period opens3
October 30, 2019 Deadline for submitting requests for the 2019 field season
January 7, 2020 Confirmation emails sent out4
June 12, 2020 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.
  • Measure spatial and temporal water quality trends.
  • Provide data to support EGLE 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 30 through October 30, 2019.  Requests may be submitted at any time, however, if they are submitted after October 30 they likely will not be reviewed or considered until the next cycle (i.e., approximately a year later) if funding is available.

4 If you submit a request and do not receive a confirmation email by January 7, 2020, please email or call Lee Schoen at 517-342-4500 or Matt Wesener at 517-342-4568 to ensure that your request was received.