MACROINVERTEBRATE STREAM MONITORING
We need your help to monitor the health of streams across Alger County! Our volunteer stream monitoring program meets twice a year, in spring and fall, to give our waterways a check-up.
What is macroinvertebrate stream monitoring?
Macroinvertebrates are aquatic insects and a useful indicator of stream health. They can detect the presence or absence of pollutants in the water and regular stream sampling events can provide a snapshot of long term conditions in our rivers and streams. ACD staff and volunteers get together in the spring and fall to collect macroinvertebrates and check the heath of our waterways.
What do volunteers do?
There are 3 ways to help:
1. “Collector” - wear waders to go into the water to collect insects with nets
2. “Runner” - stays bank side and take nets and buckets from the “Collectors”
3. “Picker” - picks out any insects that are found in the river/stream and places them into a jar for later identification.
If you want to get into the water, great! If you don't, great! There are jobs for everyone!
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!! Waders and equipment provided, or bring your own if you prefer.
You can try it out with just 3 hours of your time!
Call us with any questions 906-387-2222.