Great turnout for insect monitoring in the Rogue River Watershed

Volunteers identify insects from a sample out of the Rogue River at 12 Mile and Summit.

Volunteers identify insects from a sample out of the Rogue River at 12 Mile and Summit.

Interested kids, fisherman, businesses, boy scouts, landowners, nature lovers and others funneled into the Algoma Township Hall for Trout Unlimited’s Spring Stream Insect Monitoring event on April 6th, 2013. We had a record 38 dedicated volunteers sample insects at stream sites on the Rogue River, Cedar Creek, Rum Creek, Stegman Creek, and a newly added site on Blakeslee Creek. This event is held twice a year in the spring and fall and is part of the Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative project, a multi-year watershed-based restoration project funded through the Wege, Frey, and Wolverine Worldwide foundations, the local Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited, and Robert DeVilbiss.

The information that these volunteers have collected helps Trout Unlimited determine how our local streams are doing. Stream insects are a good measure of water quality. Unlike fish, stream insects cannot move around much so they are less able to escape the effects of sediment and other pollutants that diminish water quality. In order to continue these sampling efforts and add additional sampling sites, we need more dedicated volunteers for these events. We will be holding another event in the fall of 2013. If you would like to be involved in this event or any other Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative programs please contact Nichol De Mol at 231-557-6362 or ndemol@tu.org.

 

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