Monitoring Request Form

EGLE's Water Resources Division (WRD), is soliciting surface water quality monitoring recommendations for fiscal year (FY) 2021 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 3 (2021) 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 (in previous years) 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 2021, please submit your request(s) by October 30, 2020 2.

Important Dates for Requestors
Date Deadline
September 30, 2020 Official application period opens
October 30, 2020 Deadline for submitting requests for the 2021 field season2
January 7, 2021 Confirmation emails sent out3
June 14, 2021 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 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.

3 If you submit a request and do not receive a confirmation email by January 7, 2021, please email or call Lee Schoen at 517-342-4500 or Jeff Varricchione at 517-342-4557 to ensure that your request was received.