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1300 Bluff Street
Suite 114
Flint, MI 48504
Ph: 810.767.6490

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Water Quality Monitoring

Come learn about river bugs with us

cropped pic for website 2014 brent run

Some call them Benthic Macroinvertebrates, others call them River Critters, many just call them bugs, but one thing is certain; they tell us how healthy our rivers, lakes, and streams are.

It’s also a lot of fun finding them – but we need your help to do it!

Come out and learn how to be a citizen scientist.

It’s easy to VOLUNTEER!

SIGN UP HERE for vernal pool monitoring training

SIGN UP HERE for water monitoring training

or email Jaime Welch.

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Caddisfly in Casing

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 Water Training & Monitoring Lab information

Water Monitoring Training will be held on the date listed below. This training takes volunteers through the monitoring process and give an overview on how to identify what you find. Volunteers will be able to sign up for sites at the training.

Tuesday April 19, 2022
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Richfield Park

The Spring 2022 Monitoring Window will be from Monday April 25th to Monday May 9th

Our Water Quality Lab will be held on the days and locations listed below.

Come check out what our stream teams caught, everyone is welcome!

Genesee: Saturday May 7th, 2022Lapeer: TBD
1 pm to 4 pm
For-Mar Nature Preserve & ArboretumThe Willows at Chatfield
2142 N. Genesee Road231 Lake Drive
Burton, Mi 48509Lapeer, 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.


Want to know how your stream is doing? Check out our Master Data Sheet for all the scores.



Mayfly Nymph

Monitoring Sites Interactive Watershed MAPThis interactive map shows sites, scores, directions, and photos.

(The map is best viewed in Firefox or Google Chrome.  If using Internet Explorer, use the links on the side of the page.)

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

Gilkey Creek at Kearsley Park

2010 GC Assessment Report 07-10 GC Report Appendix 2009 2009 GC Assessment Report 2009 GC Report Appendix2008 2007

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.