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.