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!!!
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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Big Bay, MI – The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve is looking for people who love the outdoors and are interested in volunteering and learning more about stream ecology. Volunteers will help collect water quality information for the Yellow Dog and Salmon Trout Rivers alongside YDWP staff this fall and no prior experience is necessary. This project is part of the Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program established by Micorps (Michigan Clean Water Corps) which provides technical assistance, training and grants to volunteer stream monitors and watershed groups in Michigan.
The Volunteer Stream Monitoring project will consist of eighteen sites that are sampled twice a year, once in spring and once in fall throughout the Yellow Dog and Salmon Trout River watersheds. Stream monitoring for each site will be scheduled and all sites will be completed in about 2-4 weeks. Volunteers can pick days that they can help out with the actual monitoring, weather dependent. The training day of the project will take place this fall at 10 a.m. on Saturday September 27, 2014. The day of training will start at the Powell Township School (Big Bay) in the board room. After this, the volunteers will go out in the field for lunch (please bring a bag lunch) and begin in-stream training at a site until 3:00 p.m. Participants should bring waders or tall boots in they have them, but it is not required. Participants should also come prepared for outdoor weather in the UP!
Once again, no experience is necessary. The mission of YDWP is to preserve and protect the Yellow Dog River in its most natural state, for now, and for the benefit of future generations. If you are interested in helping us with this project please reserve your spot by calling (906) 345-9223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On August 4, 2014 the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Water Resources Division issued a Violation Notice to the Marquette County Road Commission for an unlawful discharge of sediment and turbid water into a wetland ravine, tributary, and the East Branch Salmon Trout River during the creation of the haul road for Lundin Eagle Mine. The unlawful discharge was created when excavation for the new County Road AAA road corridor reached groundwater level and water began to flow out of the construction site, down slope, and into nearby waterways.
Over the past two weeks, Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve has been investigating and documenting a serious water quality concern caused by the road construction on the County Road AAA. A spring that feeds the East Branch of the Salmon Trout River had been ruptured during construction activities and it is releasing spring water into construction areas. The eruption of water caused significant and severe runoff of sediment into the stream. From there, the sediment was transported into a wetland downstream. After the wetland reached its capacity, the sediment continued downstream into the East branch of the Salmon Trout River. More…