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

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,Sulfide Mining

Online Petition Created in Opposition to the Eagle Mine LLC Minerals Lease Application

11 Nov , 2014  

Minerals Lease sign on letter directed to DNR Minerals Management Office for new lease application for minerals adjacent to Yellow Dog River.

We have until December 1st, 2014 to comment on the new proposed metallic minerals lease submitted by Eagle Mine LLC for state-owned minerals beneath a 40-acre parcel next to the Yellow Dog River. We urge the DNR to oppose this application due to the high risk for damage to the environment, human health, and habitat for rare, threatened and endangered species. Please sign the petition created by Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve and Save the Wild UP which will be sent to the DNR Minerals Management Office. More…

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Spring 2014 Volunteer Stream Monitor Training

24 May , 2014  

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

Spring time is upon us at the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, and we are getting ready for stream monitoring on the Salmon Trout and Yellow Dog Rivers through the Michigan Clean Water Corps program (MiCorps).

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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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grants,news,Water Quality

Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve to Receive Funding from Healing Our Waters

7 Apr , 2014  

Yellow Dog River Eroding Streambank

Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve has been notified of a recent grant award from the Healing Our Waters Coalition healthylakes.org to support the preserve’s efforts to restore an eroding stream bank in the Yellow Dog River. The grant amount is $15,000 to plan, secure permits, collaborate with partners, monitor the site, and seek restoration funding to reduce the flow of sediment entering the water at a site near Bear Lake beginning in May 2014. 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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