Preserving the Yellow Dog Watershed
in its most natural state for the use of the public,
now, and for the benefit of future generations.

Education & Outreach,news,programs,Water Quality

Keeping an Eye on Total Phosphorus in Lake Independence

22 Jul , 2014  

Volunteer leader Xavier Donajkowski steering the boat out onto Lake Independence to collect water quality information in 2014.

Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve is in the midst of the 2014 sampling season for the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program. YDWP have been collecting data since 2010, and we have historical clarity data from 1974-1982. We intend to continue collecting information about Lake Independence water quality through this program indefinitely. The program is directed by a partnership between the MDEQ and the Michigan Lake and Stream Association. The goal is to provide water quality data for lakes in the state of Michigan in a cost-effective way. The data can be analyzed to observe long-term trends and will also be used to educate lake residents about lake ecology and potential threats to the health of their lake. More…

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Citizen Action,Events,news,programs,Sulfide Mining

Public Hearing on the New Draft Groundwater Discharge Permit at Eagle

24 Mar , 2014  

Lundin Eagle Mine on the Yellow Dog Plains

Eagle Mine is required to revise their permits every five years which are intended to regulate potential sources of pollution. YDWP has found the new draft to be inadequate for those purposes. We encourage the public to ask questions and get involved. More…

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programs

2013 Fall Volunteer Stream Monitoring Programs

9 Dec , 2013  

(L-R) Declan Shalley, Reed Saam, and Paul Tangora in the Yellow Dog River, catching macroinvertebrates

This fall the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve successfully completed our bi-annual survey of the Yellow Dog River and Salmon Trout River. We would like to give a huge thank-you to our amazing volunteers who donated their time and have been dedicated to our cause. The volunteers collected data at 17 sites along the Yellow Dog River, the Salmon Trout River and conneced More…

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programs

McCormick Wilderness Wetland Restoration Project

9 Dec , 2013  

Field crew at White Deer Lake with Superior Watershed CUPCWMA
(L-R) Declan Shalley, Christy Budnick, Alex Ubbelohde

In 2009, with a grant from the National Forest Foundation, YDWP sent a field crew to the McCormick Wilderness Area to survey and prioritize the impact of all non-native invasive species (NNIS). The European Swamp Thistle, Cirsium palustre, had become well-established in sensitive wetland areas and was the largest threat to native ecosystems due to its tendency to crowd out other plants and reproduce rapidly. The swamp thistle was selected as the More…

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Citizen Action,Education & Outreach,grants,Land Preservation,programs,Water Quality

Non-Native Invasive Species Removal in the McCormick Wilderness Area

17 Sep , 2013  

Christy Budnick and the European Swamp Thistle rosette.

In July 2013, Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve staff began guiding volunteers and field crews from partner organizations in to the McCormick Wilderness Area, a part of the Ottawa National Forest. This area is a 17,000 acre tract of rugged, rocky and hard-to-reach federal wilderness which straddles the Lake Superior and Lake Michigan watersheds. The YDWP received a grant from the National Forest Foundation to remove Eurpean Swamp Thistle and replant with native seed purchased from the Ottawa National Forest in wetlands and along trails as a part of the McCormick Wilderness Wetland Restoration project. More…

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Events,Fundraising,programs

Wilderness Yoga Retreat

8 Jul , 2013  

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Join us this summer to relax and rejuvenate both body and spirit in the peace of the forest and waters of the Yellow Dog River and its tributaries. The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve will sponsor its first week-end wilderness yoga retreat August 24th- 25th 2013. More…