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. If you’d like to be a part of this important monitoring work, check out calendar of events in May and September.