Water Quality Monitoring

Research undertaken by The Watershed Center and other partners serves the scientific community as well as policymakers, private business, shoreline property owners, citizens and others who are concerned that sustained regional population growth may have negative impacts on our water resources.

Ongoing water quality monitoring is vital to measuring the health of the bay and developing trends. The Watershed Center coordinates a variety of different monitoring projects:

Beach E.Coli Monitoring

The Watershed Center monitors public beaches along Grand Traverse Bay for E.Coli during from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This is a coordinated effort with the Grand Traverse and Benzie/Leelanau County Health Departments. 2014 funding was generously provided by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Beaches we tested in included:

  • Bayside Acme Township Park
  • Bryant
  • Clinch
  • Elmwood
  • Empire
  • Frankford
  • Milliken (East Bay Park)
  • Northport
  • Suttons Bay Marina Park
  • Suttons Bay South Shore Park
  • TC State Park
  • West End
  • Beulah Beach
  • Sayler Park
  • Elder’s Park Beach

For results of this monitoring see the report titled: Public Beach Monitoring Results in our Interactive Water Quality Database.

Adopt-A-Stream Volunteer Monitoring

Adopt-A-Stream is our popular volunteer monitoring program. This ongoing citizen-based volunteer program samples macroinvertebrates, or aquatic insects, which are good indicators of stream health.

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