• Michigan’s streams number over 4,000 and cover approximately 35,000 miles.

  • Two watersheds cover Missaukee County: Upper Manistee River and Upper-Central Muskegon River Watersheds.

  • Long term monitoring of water quality  provides data needed to recognize the status and trends of a stream’s water quality and habitat quality.

  • Monitoring the benthic macroinvertebrate population of a stream is a quick and easy process.

  • The data will not necessarily identify specific water quality problems; but it can identify if a problem exists.

  • Monitoring stream habitat as well as road/stream crossings will help to identify some of the specific problems that cause the macroinvertebrate populations to decline, such as bank erosion, flashy water flow, and degraded riparian zones.


The Missaukee Conservation District partners with the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) to monitor streams in Missaukee County. MiCorps offers programs to monitor lakes, to do road/stream crossing inventories, monitor stream flow and monitor exotic aquatic plants. Visit the links below to learn more about MiCorps and how to volunteer to help with steam monitoring. 

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Stream Monitoring


2021 Spring Stream Monitoring will take place

May 14 from 9 am to 4 pm.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Michelle Hill at 231.839.7193 or michelle.hill@macd.org

Crossing a River


6180 West Sanborn Road

Lake City, MI 49651

t: 231.839.7193

f: 231.839.5411



Mon - Fri: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm   ​​Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed


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