Come Count River Critters with us April 24th to May 8th
Some call them Benthic Macroinvertebrates, others call them River Critters, but one thing is certain; they tell us how healthy our rivers, lakes and streams are….and it is a lot of fun catching and counting them. OK…so that’s three things. See? We need your help!
Come out and be a citizen scientist for a day or two between April 24th and May 8th. It’s easy to VOLUNTEER…
SIGN UP HERE or email Jaime Welch.
Spring Water Monitoring Lab information
We have set our dates for Spring Monitoring! Our Water Quality Labs will be held on the days and locations listed below.
|Genesee: Tuesday 4/24||Genesee: Saturday 5/6|
|2 pm – 7 pm||12 pm – 5 pm|
|For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum||For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum|
|2142 N. Genesee Road||2142 N. Genesee Road|
|Burton, Mi 48509||Burton, Mi 48509|
|Lapeer: Saturday 5/6|
|12 pm – 4 pm|
|The Willows at Chatfield|
|231 Lake Drive|
|Lapeer, Mi 48446|
These animals that live in the stream have different levels of sensitivity to pollution. Some can live only in water with little or no pollution, but others can exist even with surprising levels of pollution. By collecting them and noting what types and how many of each type are living in the stream, we can get an idea of how healthy the river is. The more benthics we find that are sensitive, the higher the score, meaning the healthier the stream is. We track that information from season to season and year to year, and share it with both local and state agencies. Every Spring and Fall the FRWC monitors 34 different sites in and around Genesee and Lapeer county. Our monitoring process revolves around a specific 300 foot stretch at each stream so that we are consistent in monitoring the same area every time. As part of the process we spend 90 “wet net” minutes collecting at a site. This means that regardless of how many volunteers you have at a site, the total time spent collecting is 90 minutes. So if you have 2 volunteers collecting, you would each spend 45 minutes sampling all the available habitats within the 300 ft stretch.
- Monitoring Assessment Login
- FRWC Stream Score Master Sheet as of September 2015
- DEQ Monitoring Program Presentation
- Forms and procedures used for monitoring
- Volunteer Monitoring In Stream Procedure Guidelines
- Stream Assessment & Collection Standard Operating Procedure
- Laboratory Standard Operating Procedure
- FRWC Stream Assessment Form
- Macroinvertebrate Key
- FRWC Monitoring Quality Assurance Project Plan
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Monitoring Gilkey Creek
The restored Gilkey Creek easily holds high flows after a heavy rain. The FRWC has contracted with the Applewood Estate to conduct chemical and biological monitoring of the Gilkey Creek to assess the impact of stream restoration activities. We are pleased to note that no significant impact was found during the construction season, and the health of the creek continues to improve as the creek reestablishes in its new course. The reports on our work are below. 2010
Stream Profiling on the Gilkey Creek
The FRWC contracted with the UM-Flint Center for Applied Environmental Research to conduct stream profiling, an assessment of stream bank stability on the Gilkey Creek. Check back here soon to access copies of those reports.