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Volunteer Stream Monitoring

  • White River Watershed - Various Locations (map)

Designated a Natural River by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and located right here in Oceana County, the WHITE RIVER is one of the state’s finest river systems due to its undeveloped nature and pristine quality.

We are joining the White River Watershed Partnership in their efforts to monitor the quality of the White River Watershed. Twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, a team of professionals and interested citizens dip nets into tributaries and streams of the White River to collect macroinvertebrates (insects you can see with the naked eye). Once collected, the team meets back at the Kropscott Environmental Center to sort and identify the macroinvertebrates. The number and diversity of macroinvertebrates are indicators of water qualify and health of a watershed.

It’s a fun, educational, hands-on experience, ideal for volunteers ages 10 and up. Parents, please plan to accompany children 16 years and younger. If you’d like to be a part of this important monitoring work, you can dedicate a half or full day in the following ways:

  • Meet at 9:00am at the Kropscott Farm Environmental Center to participate in the stream sampling. Bring waders if you have them.

  • Meet at 12:00pm at the Kropscott Farm Environmental Center to help sort and identify macroinvertebrates. Tweezers, jars, and magnifying headsets are provided. No previous experience needed.

Directions: From Fremont, take Stone Rd. north 6 miles, turn left on Baseline Road. From M-20, take Stone Rd. south 1 Mi. and turn right at Baseline Rd.

Please note: In case of inclement weather, September 21st will be a back up date!

For more details, Contact Raymond Schinler, Board Chair White River Watershed Partnership, at (231) 861-4624. You can also visit the White River Watershed Partnership website for more information about relevant news and events pertaining to the White River.

Earlier Event: September 5
Fall Mushroom Foray
Later Event: September 14
Beach Clean Up