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,Events,programs,Volunteering,Water Quality

2015 Fall Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program

30 Sep , 2015  

Volunteers and a youth adventure club learning about volunteer stream monitoring with the Yellow Dog.

Every Spring and Fall we sample 18 sites along the Yellow Dog River, Salmon Trout River and their tributaries to record data on the bugs that are calling these waterways home.  Some bugs can only survive in really clean water, while others can live in anything.  We are very fortunate here in the UP to have a large diversity of all of our bugs.  Our Fall Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program (VSMP) begins on September 29th and will run until all 18 sites are finished.  Want to learn more?  Visit our event page-  2015 Fall VSMP!

We have been sampling for over 10 years on the Yellow Dog and 3 years on the Salmon Trout.  If water quality starts changing we have these records to prove it.  All of our techniques have been learned through MiCorps. “The mission of MiCorps is to network and expand volunteer water quality monitoring organizations statewide for the purpose of collecting, sharing and using reliable data; educate and inform the public about water quality issues; and foster water resources stewardship to facilitate the preservation and protection of Michigan’s water resources.”  Visit their website MiCorps for more information.

Over the years we have been blessed with the amount of hard working individuals returning each season to dedicate their time to make this program possible!  Thank you to all the volunteers who have showed us support and excitement to ensure the completion of all sites!  You are all amazing and we could not do everything we do without each and every one of you!!!

 

 

 

Taking Measurements

Taking Measurements

 

 

 

Volunteer Training Day

Volunteer Training Day

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2015 Fall Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program

29 Sep , 2015  

Declan Shalley helping lead the Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program

The time is here again to head to the woods and water to sample for macroinvertebrates.  Our Program is set to begin on September 29th and will run until all 18 sites are complete.  Have an interest in learning about stream ecology and bug identification?  Then this program is for you!  With crews going out most days, there may be a perfect time you to join!  Have a day that works for you?  Email us at  christy@yellowdogwatershed.org   for more information of how to get involved!

Each group will be led by a Volunteer Crew Leader or staff member to show you each step.  Our program began with a grant from MiCorps, which allowed us to lead training’s to fully ensure our Volunteer Crew Leaders have the knowledge and ability to record accurate data every time.  The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) is a network of volunteer water quality monitoring programs in Michigan. It was created through Michigan Executive Order #2003-15 to assist the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in collecting and sharing water quality data for use in water resources management and protection programs.  For more information about MiCorps visit their webpage- https://micorps.net/  

Our sites are spread out between the Yellow Dog River, Salmon Trout River, and their tributaries.  Some include hiking, waterfalls and back roads, while all include the beautiful fall colors!  This is a great time of year to get outdoors and become involved with your local watershed group.  Remember your camera and we’ll see you on the river!

Water Scorpions and more!

Water Scorpions and more!

 

Another day in the field!

Another day in the field!

Spring 2014 Volunteer Stream Monitoring

Spring 2014 Volunteer Stream Monitoring

 

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Dead River Derby Bout To Benefit Yellow Dog

24 May , 2014  

Dead River Derby Bout entitled Rollin on the River

On Saturday May 24, the Dead River Derby girls will be matched against the Escanaba Rollin’ Hellcats and proceeds from the event will benefit the Yellow Dog Watershed Preseve programs to preserve land, monitor water, and maintain a beautiful area for future generations to enjoy. We are looking forward to an exciting night! The Dead River Derby girls had an undefeated first home season in 2013, and 2014 has started off with a win against Kingsford Krush. Look for posters all over town advertising Rollin on the Rivertheir benefit bout.

The bout will take place at the Lakeview Arena in Marquette; doors open at 6pm and the bout starts at 7pm. You can buy tickets in advance for $8 or buy them for $10 at the door. Kids 10-17 are $5 and 9 and under are free. Please visit www.deadriverderby.org for more information about derby and the event! A prize will be available for the most spirited fan and beer will be available for sale to attendees ages 21 and older.

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Events,Fundraising,news

Dead River Derby Bout to Benefit Yellow Dog

5 May , 2014  

Dead River Derby Bout to Benefit Yellow Dog

On Saturday May 24, the Dead River Derby girls will be matched against the Escanaba Rollin’ Hellcats and proceeds from the event will benefit the Yellow Dog Watershed Preseve programs to preserve land, monitor water, and maintain a beautiful area for future generations to enjoy. We are looking forward to an exciting night! The Dead River Derby girls had an undefeated first home season in 2013, and 2014 has started off with a win against Kingsford Krush. Look for posters all over town advertising Rollin on the River their benefit bout. More…

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Events,news

Greetings from the Yellow Dog Watercolor Painting Exhibit

6 Mar , 2014  

yellowdog_paintings_Oredock

A local author, artist and activist, Kathleen Heideman-Rydholm, is displaying watercolor paintings of the Yellow Dog Plains during the month of March 2014. The exhibit will be held at the Ore Dock Brewing Company on 114 Spring Street in Marquette, Michigan 49855. More…

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Citizen Action,news,Sulfide Mining

Clearing and Realignment of County Roads on the Yellow Dog Plains

17 Feb , 2014  

Clearing on County Road Triple A in Northern Marquette County.

On December 16, 2013, at the regular meeting of the Marquette County Road Commission (MCRC), board members unanimously approved construction plans with no changes for a 5.25-mile section of the Triple A Road. The approved construction is the middle section of a 10-mile construction project changing the route of More…

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