by Jeff Johnston, EGLE Public Information Officer, JohnstonJ14@Michigan.gov, 517-231-9304,
and Lee Schoen, EGLE Aquatic Biologist, SchoenL1@Michigan.gov, 517-342-4500

As part of an ongoing effort to improve surface water quality, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is seeking input on where to focus monitoring efforts. Recommendations support implementation of the Surface Water Quality Monitoring Strategy. 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 goals, 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 2024, EGLE plans to target the majority of its monitoring resources to those watersheds highlighted in the Basin Year 1 watersheds map, though staff will consider recommendations for other Michigan watersheds.

The water quality Monitoring Request Form is available at the Monitoring Request Form Web page.

In order to be considered for the 2024 field season, the form needs to be completed electronically and submitted by Oct. 31, 2023.

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