General Watershed Data: General Watershed Data

2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria
(EPA) a fact sheet containing 2012 recreational water quality criteria.

A Community Guide to Contaminated Sediment Cleanup
(Alliance for GL) this provides basic information on how to organize and get involved in a sediment cleanup.

A Primer on Water Quality
(USGS) a fact sheet on what is meant by water quality.

A Volunteer Monitor’s Field Guide to Aquatic Macroinvertebrates
(IWLAto order) handy reference tool to help volunteer monitors identify aquatic macroinvertebrates when conducting a water quality survey.

Aquatic Nuisance Identification Cards
(UMN - to order free of charge) pictures and description of many aquatic nuisance species.

Assessment & Remediation of Contaminated Sediments (ARCS) Program 3
(EPA) guidance for in-situ subaqueous capping of contaminated sediments.

Buffers: How they can work for you
benefits of buffers.

Citizens Water Quality Handbook
(Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conserv. Dist) practical information to aid citizens in stewardship of water resources.

Citizens’ Guidebook to the Saginaw Bay Watershed
activities that affect water quality and the role property owners play.

Climate Change and Water Quality in the Great Lakes Basin
(IJC) - a comprehensive report that provides valuable insight and advice on risks, opportunities and responses with climate change.

Conservation Subdivisions
(UCONN) - a fact sheet on design which maximizes open space protection without reducing the number of homes Contact

Conservation Subdivisions (UCONN)
a fact sheet on design which maximizes open space protection without reducing the number of homes.

Developing a Watershed Management Plan for Water Quality
(MSU & MDEQ) a guide to help local units of government, nonprofit organizations and citizens develop watershed management plans.

Effluent Limitations Guidelines and New Source Performance Standards for the Concentrated Aquatic Animal Production Point Source Category
2004 (EPA) limitations and standards for wastewater discharges from new and existing concentrated animal production facilities discharging to US waters.

Evaluating your Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program
(USDA) five essential steps for doing evaluation.

Getting in Step (USEPA)
video and guide in conducting watershed outreach campaigns.

Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control
(GLC) - brochure providing general information on the Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control.

Growth and Water Resources – The Link Between Land Use and Water Resources
(USEPA) A fact sheet explaining the link between land use and water resources.

Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect our Waters
(EPA) information on developing and implementing watershed plans to restore and protect water quality.

Hydrologic Data Collection and Analysis
(MDEQ) - introduction to hydrology, glossary, storm water management and other information.

Introduction to Wetland Biological Assessment
(EPA) A report to help States and Tribes evaluate overall ecological condition of wetlands.

Lake Michigan Monitoring Inventory
(Great Lakes Commission) online and searchable, the inventory covers federal, state, local and NGO efforts.

Landscaping for Wildlife and Water Quality
(to order) by C. Henderson, C. Dindorf, and F. Rozumalski, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 1999

Managing Nonpoint Source Pollution from Agriculture
(EPA) - information about managing sedimentation, nutrients, confined animal facilities, irrigation, pesticides and livestock grazing.

Managing Nonpoint Source Pollution from Boating and Marinas
(EPA) - information about managing boat operations and maintenance, sewage and waste, and siting and design for marinas.

Managing Nonpoint Source Pollution from Forestry
(EPA) - preharvest planning, and factors to consider in preharvest plans.

Managing Nonpoint Source Pollution from Households
(EPA) - pollution prevention at the household level.

Managing Urban Runoff
(EPA) - how urban areas affect runoff and measures to manage it.

Managing Wetlands to Control Nonpoint Source Pollution
(EPA) - three management strategies to maintain the water quality benefits provided by wetlands.

MDOT Drainage Manual
developed to provide guidance for the design of MDOT drainage facilities.

Mercury in the Upper Midwest: A Must-Read Report for Anglers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan
(IWLA) examines the extent of mercury-contaminated game fish in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Mitigating the Adverse Impacts of Urbanization on Streams: A Comprehensive Strategy for Local Government
a paper reviewing the major impacts to streams associated with urban land development.

Muskegon River Streambank Erosion Inventory
original plan was to inventory the Muskegon River and all tributaries, organize data and develop detailed maps but because of funding only some of the inventory was done.

NPDES Permits
(MDEQ) list of active NPDES permits, general NPDES permits and permits on public notice.

On-the-Farm Conservation – Address Ag Production & Environmental Issues
USDAbrochure explaining the 2002 Farm Bill and why American farmers should participate in conservation programs.

Opportunities for Public Involvement in Nonpoint Source Control
list of community-based organizations and environmental agencies to contact to learn and help control NPs pollution.

Paving Our Way to Water Shortages: How Sprawl Aggravates the Effects of Drought
a study investigating what happens to water supplies when we replace our natural areas with roads, parking lots and buildings.

Protecting Coastal Waters from Nonpoint Source Pollution
(EPA) - statistics about coastal waters and information about Nonpoint Pollution Control Programs.

Protecting Inland Lakes
(MDNR) how you can make a difference in protecting inland lakes.

Rain Gardens – a how-to manual for homeowners
(UofW Extension & WDNR) info needed to design and build rain gardens.

Rain Gardens – a household way to improve water quality in your community
(UofW Extension & WDNR) - tips for productive rain gardens.

Riparian Buffers
(Connecticut River Joint Commission) fact sheet on how butters work for water quality, bank stability, fish and wildlife.

Riparian Buffers Work
(USDA) how riparian buffers benefit the environment.

Save Our Streams
(Izaak Walton League of America) collection of publications on tools to help your monitor, protect and restore earth's water.

Skills for Protecting Your Stream: Retrofitting Your Own Backyard
(CWP) fifteen facts sheets concerning lawn care, pest management, etc.

Study Design for Monitoring Wetlands
(EPA) A review of the "state of the science" concerning wetland bioassessment and nutrient enrichment.

Surface Water Data for Michigan
(USGS) - contains more than 850,000 station years of time-series data that describe stream levels, streamflow, reservoir and lake levels, surface water-quality, etc.

The Clean Water Act – An Owner’s Manual
a manual to support actions River Network is taking to assist citizens in using the Clean Water Act.

The Nonpoint Source Management Program
(EPA) - how Section 319 works and how to get involved.

USGS Current Water Data for Michigan
(USGS) - statewide streamflow table.

Using Amphibians in Bioassessments of Wetlands
(EPA) Encourages the use of amphibian metrics in wetland bioassessments.

Using Vegetation to Assess Environmental Conditions in Wetlands
(EPA) Introduction of scientific basis for using wetland vegetation to assess biological integrity.

Volunteer Stream Monitoring: A Methods Manual
(EPA) Guide that describes the role of volunteer monitoring in state programs.

Volunteers and Wetland Biomonitoring
(EPA)Addresses concerns by agency personnel regarding volunteer participation in wetland biomonitoring.

Water and Smart Growth: The Impacts of Sprawl on Aquatic Ecosystems
(Funders' Network) - importance of protecting our watersheds and the effects of pollution.

Water Quality Trading Assessment Handbook
(EPA) focuses on conducting an analysis to determine whether watershed scale trading is viable in a particular watershed.

Watershed Management Better Coordination of Data Collection Efforts Needed to Support Key Decisions
General Accounting Officeidentifies the key entities that collect water quality and water quantity data.

Where Land Meets Water
(GLC) - brochure on various types of erosion and sediment that occur in the Great Lakes Basin.

Why Monitor Water Quality?
(USGS) fact sheet answering questions about monitoring for water quality.

Woody Debris Management
(Greater Lansing Regional Committee) fact sheet about proper way to remove woody debris from streams.