Volunteer Stream Monitoring


Mid-MEAC Volunteer Stream Monitoring Sites 


  • Sycamore Creek at Biggie Munn Park in Lansing

  • Kalamink Creek at Van Orden Road in Webberville  

  • Corwin Road Tributary at Grand River Avenue in Williamston

  • West Branch of the Red Cedar River, below Kane Road, in Stockbridge

  • Wolf Creek at Bell Oak Road in Webberville at Bell Oak RoadRed Cedar River at Dobie Road, near Dobie and Kinawa Roads

  • Red Cedar River at Dobie Road, near Dobie and Kinawa Roads

  • Red Cedar River, upstream of the Montgomery Drain at the former Red Cedar Golf Course 

  • Red Cedar River, downstream of the Montgomer Drain at the former Red Cedar Golf Course 

  • Red Cedar River at Ferguson Park in Okemos

  • Red Cedar River at Layton Road near Fowlerville

Mid-MEAC Volunteer Stream Monitoring

Each spring and fall, an elite team of Mid-MEAC Volunteer Stream Monitors puts on waders and heads into the streams of the Red Cedar River watershed to search for bugs and other river "critters".  Using nets to collect the bugs from the streams, and trays and tweezers to sort through them on shore, these stream monitors are an integral part of the protection of the Red Cedar River and its tributaries.

The types of bugs (also known as macroinvertebrates) that they collect tell a story about the health of the river at each location. Some bugs are very sensitive to pollution or disturbance to the stream, and they will disappear if the stream becomes degraded. Mid-MEAC has been conducting this program for over half a decade, and can use the results to make year-to-year comparisons about the health of various sites on the river.

We need more volunteers to help with our Fall and Spring monitoring sessions.  Each session takes less than one (weekend) day and you don't have to have any specialized training or education to participate.  We provide an orientation session for all volunteers on-site.  


Become a Stream Monitoring Volunteer

To become part of Mid-MEAC's Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program, contact our Volunteer Stream Monitoring Coordinator at (517) 292-3078 or via email at midmeac@gmail.com.  


Program Goals

The ultimate goal of this program is to create swimmable, fishable streams and rivers in Mid-Michigan. Mid-MEAC’s volunteer stream monitoring program is one strategy within that goal, which fits into Mid-MEAC’s mission of helping people transform environmental concerns into action.  Not only does the program allow us to collect data which can then be used in the future for advocacy efforts and river protection efforts, it also helps people connect with, appreciate, and understand our local waterways.

  • Improve water quality in the Red Cedar River Watershed
  • Improve awareness of water quality issues facing the Red Cedar Watershed
  • Increase level of community and individual commitment to water quality stewardship

How Mid-MEAC Uses the Data

Data results are communicated to the public, the MDEQ, and the Greater Lansing Regional Committee for Stormwater Management after each collection session.  The data is also entered into the MiCorps exchange database, a statewide system for volunteer stream monitoring data, and entered into charts and graphs that illustrate the trends and findings. As problem areas are identified within the watershed, Mid-MEAC will work with community partners and land owners to develop solutions to alleviate conditions that create negative impacts on overall stream health.

Volunteer Stream Monitoring Training Materials



2014 State of the Red Cedar Report

Mid-MEAC is pleased to present the 2014 State of the Red Cedar Report which includes all data collected by our volunteers during the 2014 sampling season. Please note that while this report does provide a good overview of the condition of the Red Cedar Watershed, it is not the only source of information to be considered when evaluating a waterway or watershed. 

Want to know more about our watershed? Check out this two page PDF from the Greater Lansing Committee for Stormwater Management.