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

Volunteering

A Yellow Dog Volunteer Shares Her Experience

2 Dec , 2014  

Fall 2014 volunteer stream monitoring program

Xavier Donajkowski is a 2014 volunteer leader for the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, and an active member of Northern Michigan University’s Student Leader Fellowship Program. She participated in YDWP’s Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program, the Cooperative Lake Monitoring Program and the annual Kirtland’s Warbler Singing Male Survey on the Yellow Dog Plains. More…

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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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Cooperative Lakes Monitoring

22 May , 2014  

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

The Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program is a state-wide program created to assist the DEQ in water quality data collection for the in-land lakes in Michigan. It is a component of the Michigan Clean Water Corps and started in an early form in 1974. The data is collected by volunteers and submitted to the DEQ for water quality analysis and also for public review. The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve monitors Lake Independence in Marquette County, Powell Township. The Yellow Dog River flows into Lake Independence and another outflow, the Iron River, flows from Independence to Superior. Data is collected beginning at our initial training on May 22 and ends in early September when the weather turns. Please contact us for more information or to become a volunteer. Learn more about the Michigan Clean Water Corps.

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