Thanks to the efforts of over 70 volunteers, HRWC’s six-month-long season of the Chemistry and Flow Monitoring Program (formerly called the Water Quality Monitoring Program) successfully wrapped up at the end of September. During its 2018 sampling season, program volunteers collected bi-weekly samples at 29 locations in Washtenaw and Wayne counties and routinely measured flow at 15 sites, collecting essential data to measure and track changing conditions of the Huron River and combined Downriver waterways.

Over the next few months, HRWC staff will compile and analyze field and laboratory data to share with the public as well as to area stormwater management groups, including the Middle Huron Partners and the Alliance of Downriver Watersheds. This volunteer-collected data serves to inform management decisions and guide restoration projects to improve water quality throughout the region.

Without our dedicated volunteers, the Chemistry and Flow Monitoring Program would not be possible. HRWC is grateful for these enthusiastic and tireless individuals, who brave the elements each season to collect vital data for the protection and restoration of our home waters. This season’s Chemistry and Flow Monitoring Program volunteers contributed nearly 1000 hours, which represents nearly $17,000 in costs saved.

Chemistry and flow monitoring is made possible thanks to the financial support from the Middle Huron Partners and the Alliance of Downriver Watersheds. HRWC would also like to acknowledge the Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority and the City of Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant for their generous laboratory analysis services.

To access the 2018 season data and additional information about the Chemistry and Flow Monitoring Program, click here.