Spring stream monitoring is underway. Stream monitoring is a volunteer program through MiCorps which examines aquatic samples taken from rivers and streams throughout the state. The organisms living in the water body can tell us a great deal about its health. No need to be an expert at sampling or identification, just bring your enthusiasm! Missaukee Conservation District has a few volunteers that have adopted sites in the county.
- Sue and Rick Nyce have adopted two monitoring sites: one at Hopkins Creek and one on the Manistee River.
- Mrs. Clous and her High School Plant and Animal class will be adopting a site on Mosquito Creek on the MSU Research Station property.
And you can adopt a site too! Join stream enthusiast and conservation educator, Laura Quist, at Ben Jeffs River Park on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm. This is a public event, and we hope the day will inspire you to adopt a stream monitoring location of your own. Participants will use nets to gather macroinvertebrate samples from the Muskegon River. What could be more fun than an aquatic scavenger hunt in one of our counties most important rivers?! Find out just how great water sampling is at this community event. Groups, families, and individuals are all welcome to join. Equipment, snacks, and lunch will be provided. Call to RSVP by May 18.