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Monitoring Request Form
Contact: email EGLE-WRD-TMR@Michigan.gov or call Lee Schoen at 517-342-4500 or Jeff Varricchione at 517-342-4557
Note: This is not for reporting environmental emergencies or questions regarding water quality that require immediate attention. For information on how to report spills, releases, or other environmental emergencies, please visit the Pollution Emergency Alerting System (PEAS) web page.
EGLE's Water Resources Division (WRD) solicits surface water quality monitoring recommendations every year (when funding is available) to support implementation of the watershed-specific component of our Strategic Environmental Quality Monitoring Program for Michigan's Surface Waters (Strategy).
The primary goals of the Strategy are to:
- 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.
The objective of this targeted monitoring request process is to identify where Michigan stakeholders may have a specific water quality concern related to the monitoring strategy goals. This is not an opportunity for grant funding but instead an opportunity for stakeholders to provide input on potential water quality monitoring locations for EGLE-WRD staff in 2024.
Monitoring requests can be submitted any time of year through the electronic request form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WRD_MonReq. However, for a request to be considered for the following year's field season, please submit the request by the fall (e.g., submit request in fall 2023 for 2024 monitoring). See below:
- September 29, 2023: Announcement by EGLE for 2024 monitoring requests
- October 31, 2023: Deadline for submitting requests for the 2024 field season
- January 2024: Confirmation emails sent out for 2024 field season
- June 2024: Requestors informed of final decision for 2024 field season
- Year Round: Submit requests for future monitoring; however, for consideration during the 2024 field season, the above dates for submittal must be met
While monitoring will be focused in the watersheds highlighted in the relevant basin year maps, surface water quality monitoring requests in other watersheds will be considered.
Please note that submission of a request does not guarantee the WRD will be able to conduct the requested monitoring. Many factors, including budget, staff availability, and the scope and scale of the request, are taken into consideration during the decision-making process.
Typical parameters monitored by the WRD include the following:
- Water chemistry
- Sediment chemistry
- Fish contaminant
- Fish and/or macroinvertebrate community studies
- Aquatic toxicity tests (ambient waters)
- Lake trophic status
- Nutrient pollution
- Harmful algal bloom conditions
- Aquatic Invasive Species
- E. coli bacteria
- Channel morphology
If you have specific questions about a waterbody, contact information can be found in our interactive story map, “Biological Monitoring of Michigan’s Rivers and Streams.” (The story map link can also be found under “Online Services” on our “Assessment of Michigan Waters" Web page.) In the story map, scroll to page two or three and click on the watershed in which your waterbody of interest is located to get the name and email address of the biologist who covers that area.