Request for Water Quality Monitoring Recommendations

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy - Water Resources Division (EGLE-WRD) is soliciting water quality monitoring recommendations for 2020 to support implementation of the watershed-specific component of its Strategic Environmental Quality Monitoring Program

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.

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of water quality restoration and protection programs.

  • Detect new and emerging water quality problems.

For 2020, the WRD intends to target the majority of its monitoring resources to those watersheds highlighted in the Basin Year 2 Watersheds Map.  However, the WRD will consider recommendations for other Michigan watersheds, including the Great Lakes and their connecting channels. 

If interested, please electronically complete and submit a Water Quality Monitoring request form by October 30, 2019, in order to be considered for the 2020 field season.  The request form and instructions for completion are available online.  Please note that submission of a request does not guarantee that the WRD will be able to conduct the monitoring.  Many factors, including budget, staff availability, and division priorities are taken into consideration during the decision-making process. 

Contact, Lee Schoen (517-342-4500), or Matt Wesener (517-342-4568) if you have any further questions. 

Rachel FrantzWater Quality