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,Sulfide Mining

Watershed Mineral Exploration Update

9 Jun , 2016  

Active Mineral Exploration Continues near Eagle Mine

Chauncey Moran, Yellow Dog RIVERKEEPER, recently conducted an aerial survey of the Salmon Trout and Yellow Dog River watersheds, scanning the landscape and waterways for mining activity and other land use issues. Both watersheds were surveyed via airplane and Moran reports that there are 7 total exploratory drilling operations that are currently active. All 7 of those are occurring directly east of Eagle Mine within a relatively short distance of the portal. This location has been called Eagle East and represents a plausible location for additional mineral deposits. No other active drilling elsewhere in the watersheds was noted during the flight. YDWP will continue to fly and conduct monitoring of this activity in order to inform concerned community members. More…

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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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Citizen Action,news,Sulfide Mining,Water Quality

DEQ Approves Omission of Fabric Filter Dust Collector in New Air Quality Permit and Other Mining Updates

5 Jul , 2013  

Construction of the Main Ventilation Air Raise, the only vent to the surface for underground operations at Eagle Mine.

Last Friday, June 28, 2013, the DEQ announced their decision to approve a new Air Quality Permit for modifications to Eagle Mine. The modifications include: constructing the single Main Ventilation Air Raise (MVAR) without a bag house fabric filter dust collector, moving the ore-crusher from the mine to the mill in Humboldt, and adding an enclosed aggregate storage building.  A public comment hearing for the permit was held on March 12 and written comments were accepted for a 30-day period. At that hearing there was strong public opposition to the More…

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Events,news,programs,Water Quality

Salmon-Trout Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program Starting Soon!

8 Apr , 2013  

Come and join the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve for the 2nd season of the Salmon-Trout River Volunteer Monitoring Program. This spring we will offer a Volunteer Training Day in order to provide those interested with the tools and knowledge for participation. On Saturday May 18th, we will start with a presentation at 10:00 a.m. in the Powell Township School Gymnasium in Big Bay, MI.  You will learn the process of habitat evaluation, information about stream ecology, and how to properly identify the macro-invertebrates that live in our local waterways! More…

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Citizen Action,Fundraising,news

Wayne Snyder Donates proceeds from Coaster Brook Trout Prints

16 Oct , 2012  

Wayne Snyder is an American author, photographer, illustrator, painter, poet, and conservationist, and has written a number of books about the world of fly fishing. He has written three books entitled: The Golden Age (Rochester Media, 2010), Why I Fish (self-published) and Rivers Of No Return (Rochester Media, 2012). Last year he created a painting entiteled “Isle Royale Coasters Qwest” of a Michigan Coaster Brook Trout, and will be offering prints of this painting for $75.  We are excited to say that for each print sale he will donate $20 to support the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve and it’s stream monitoring activity on the Salmon-Trout River. More…

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