Muskegon River Watershed: Muskegon River Watershed

A Survey of Fish-community and Habitat Goals/Objectives/Targets and Status in Great Lakes Areas of Concern
(GLFC) - recommendations for water quality and fishing managers on how to achieve greater coordination and integration of planning.

Acute Toxicity Assessment of Big Rapids Wastewater Treatment Plant Outfall 001 Effluent
1998 - a daphnia magna acute toxicity test on a grab sample of the wastewater effluent from March 25-27, 1998.

Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service
(NOAA) - hydrographs containing flow information

An Ecological Assessment of the Muskegon River Watershed to Solve and Prevent Environmental Problems
(MSU) - an update outlining the accomplishments to date of the Ecological Assessment Project.

Analysis of Wild Rice at Houghton Lake, MI
impact on waterfowl, fisheries and water quality due to the loss of wild rice in Houghton Lake, MI.

Archived Superfund Sites
(EPA) - Listing of archived superfund sites by Michigan County.

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

Assessment & Remediation of Contaminated Sediments (ARCS) Program 4
(EPA) - Assessment & Remediation of Contaminated Sediments - guidance for in-situ subaqueous capping of contaminated sediments.

Big Rapids Dam Removal Booklet
a booklet explaining the story of the Big Rapids dam removal project in Big Rapids, MI

Big Rapids Riverwalk: An Environmental Assessment
an environmental assessment by FSU students about the Riverwalk Project.

Bigelow Creek Habitat Assessment and Improvement Plan
(Timberland RC&D) - assessment to identify potential improvements to benefit overall Muskegon River system.

Biological Survey of Brooks Creek Watershed
1990 - staff of GLEAS and Newaygo Co. Soil and Water Conservation District conducted a qualitative biological survey as part of the nonpoint source investigation activity. (MDEQ)

Biological Survey of Sand Creek
1998 - staff of GLEAS conducted this survey on Sand Creek, a coldwater tributary of the Muskegon River.

Biological Survey of Tamarack Creek
1998 - as part of the nonpoint source surveillance activity of SWQD, staff of GLEAS.

Biological Survey of the Clam River
(MDEQ) - an intensive survey conducted to assess water quality conditions during June-December 1975.

Biological Survey of the Hersey River
1992 - part of the point source surveillance activity of SWQD in the vicinity of Reed City.

Biological Survey of the Little Muskegon River and Selected Tributaries of Mecosta and Montcalm Counties
1997 - part of the nonpoint surveillance activities by the staff of GLEAS.

Biological Survey of Whetstone Creek in the Vicinity of a Manure Lagoon Spill
1988 - (MDEQ) - documenting effects the manure discharge had on Whetstone Creek.

Brooks Township Land Use Vision
recommendation of ways the health of lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, forests and prairies can be improved.

Cedar Creek Habitat Assessment and Improvement Plan
Timberland RC&D) - assessment to identify potential improvements to benefit overall Muskegon River system.

Cedar Creek Watershed Hydrologic Study
(MDEQ) - developed to determine the effect of land use changes on Cedar Creek's flow regime

Chronic Toxicity Assessment of Muskegon CO-WWMS Metro WWTP Outfalls
1998 - chronic ceriodaphnia dubia toxicity evaluations on this site from September 12-18, 1997 and November 14-20, 1997.

Clam River Watershed Nonpoint Pollution Control Action Plan
the identification of three nonpoint pollution problems in the Clam River Watershed (1987).

Confronting Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region: Impacts on Michigan Communities and Ecosystems
(Ecological Society of America and Union of Concerned Scientists) projections of future climate change using 100 years of historical data for Michigan.

Conservation Guidelines for Michigan Lakes and Associated Natural Resources
- (O'Neal et al - MDNR) - identifies the general goals of MDNR fisheries and wildlife management program.

Consumer Power Company Recreation Use Study
1993 study results on recreation use associated with Consumers Power Hydroelectric Projects on the Muskegon River.

Contaminants in Fishes from Great Lakes-Influenced Sections and above Dams of Three Michigan Rivers
1994 & 1995 studies of concentrations of chemicals in composite samples of fishes and the adverse effects on bald eagles and mink which consume these fishes.

Contaminated Sites in the Muskegon River Watershed
listing of contaminated sites in the Muskegon River Watershed with site addresses, county, source, pollutant & status.

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.

Do Created Wetlands Replace the Wetlands that are Destroyed?
(USGS) - a fact sheet explaining what is wetland mitigation and the challenges and issues.

Ecology of Mysis relicta in the Great Lakes
seeks an accurate assessment of mysis relicta and its abundance and distribution in the Great Lakes.

Ecosystem Management at Houghton Lake, MI with Emphasis on Wild Rice (zizania aquatica) ecology
study on decline of waterfowl on Houghton Lake due partially to the decline in wild rice.

Effects of Residential Development on the Water Quality of Higgins Lake
1995-99 study of the effects of residential development on the water quality of Higgins Lake.

Enterococci as Indicators of Lake Michigan Recreational Water Quality
(Kinzelman, C. et al) a comparison of two methodologies and their impacts on public health regulatory events.

Environmental Analysis of Well Water in Mecosta County: A Comprehensive and Integrated Approach
(GVSU) - a GIS database of groundwater information in Mecosta County.

Field Notes – Muskegon River Hydroelectric Phase I Survey
1990 notes of descriptions of project sites and historical artifacts found.

Fish and Wildlife Resources of the Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands within the U.S.
overview of fish and wildlife resources, impact of Great Lakes water level fluctuations, common and scientific names for vegetation, fish and other wildlife.

General Land Office Plat Map
(MDNR) - from original surveyor notes of State of Michigan - conducted in mid 1800s

General Land Office Plats – Clare Co.
(MDNR) - plat maps derived from original surveyor notes of the State of Michigan conducted in early to mid 1800s. You can click on each specific township for local information.

General Land Office Plats – Mecosta Co.
plat maps derived from original surveyor notes of the State of Michigan conducted in early to mid 1800s. You can click on each specific township for local information.

General Land Office Plats – Missaukee Co.
(MDNR) - plat maps derived from original surveyor notes of the State of Michigan conducted in early to mid 1800s. You can click on each specific township for local information.

General Land Office Plats – Montcalm Co.
(MDNR) - plat maps derived from original surveyor notes of the State of Michigan conducted in early to mid 1800s. You can click on each specific township for local information.

General Land Office Plats – Muskegon Co.
(MDNR) - plat maps derived from original surveyor notes of the State of Michigan conducted in early to mid 1800s. You can click on each specific township for local information.

General Land Office Plats – Newaygo Co.
(MDNR) - plat maps derived from original surveyor notes of the State of Michigan conducted in early to mid 1800s. You can click on each specific township for local information.

General Land Office Plats – Osceola Co.
(MDNR) - plat maps derived from original surveyor notes of the State of Michigan conducted in early to mid 1800s. You can click on each specific township for local information.

General Land Office Plats – Roscommon Co.
(MDNR) - plat maps derived from original surveyor notes of the State of Michigan conducted in early to mid 1800s. You can click on each specific township for local information.

General Land Office Plats – Wexford Co.
(MDNR) - plat maps derived from original surveyor notes of the State of Michigan conducted in early to mid 1800s. You can click on each specific township for local information.

Global Warming Effects on Great Lakes Water: More Precipitation But Less Water?
- (NOAA) - different methods for determining the effect of global warming for Great Lakes net basin supplies and water level.

Great Lakes Areas of Concern
(EPA) - 43 areas of concern (AOC) have been identified and are included on this website, including Muskegon Lake.

Great Lakes Bathymetry
(NOAA) shows Great Lakes Bathymetric data maps.

Great Lakes Communities and Ecosystems at Risk
introduction to the Great Lakes Region and the projected impacts of climate change on natural and managed ecosystems.

Habitat Assessment of Non-Wadeable Rivers in Michigan
(Wilhelm, J.) - protocols for habitat evaluation in non-wadeable rivers in Michigan.

Higgins Lake Watershed Management Plan
(Huron Pine RC&D) a management plan for nonpoint source pollution reduction.

Houghton Lake 2004 Water Quality Report
(Progressive AE) - monitoring results from 2004 sampling.

Hydraulic Characteristics of an Underdrained Irrigation Circle, Muskegon Co. Waste Water Disposal System, 1981
(USGS) - abstract concerning the hydraulic characteristics in Muskegon Co.

Hydroaccoustic Assessment of Pre- and Post-treatment Vegetation – Houghton Lake
USACE - comparison of hydroaccoustic changes in submersed vegetation.

Hydrogeologic Assessment Report for Sanctuary Springs Site (entire report)
four volumes containing the hydrogeologic assessment report for Sanctuary Springs, Mecosta County - Perrier Group

Hydrogeologic Assessment Report for Sanctuary Springs Site (executive summary)
four volumes containing the hydrogeologic assessment report for Sanctuary Springs, Mecosta County - Perrier Group

Hydrogeologic Framework of Mississippian Rocks in the Central Lower Peninsula of Michigan
- (USGS) - describes the hydrogeology and hydraulic properties of geologic units of Mississippian age in Michigan.

Hydrogeologic Framework of the Michigan Basin Regional Aquifer System
- (USGS) - describes geologic and hydrogeologic unites, delineates boundaries of aquifers, etc.

Hydrologic Study of the Bear Creek Watershed
(MDEQ) - a hydrologic model of the Bear Creek watershed was developed to help determine the effect of land use changes in the watershed on Bear Creek.

Hydrologic Study of the Ryerson Creek Watershed
(MDEQ) - goal is to better understand Ryerson Creek Watershed's hydrology and the impact of development to address and improve water quality.

Lake Michigan Lake Wide Management Plan 2006
- (EPA) - executive summary of status of Lake Michigan ecosystem.

Lake Michigan Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) 2004
- provides a summary of the status of the Lake Michigan ecosystems.

Local forecast by City, State and Zip
(NOAA) - current temperature and weekly forecasts.

Love Handles in Aquatic Ecosystems
The Role of Dissolved Organic Carbon Drawdown, Resuspended Sediments and Terrigenous Inputs in the Carbon Balance of Lake Michigan

Marion Mill Pond and Middle Branch River Restoration and Recreation Project
(Progressive AE) - preliminary engineering evaluation of alternatives to restore the Middle Branch River.

Mecosta County Resource Plan
concerns to be addressed, inventory and evaluation, pollutants and implementation strategies.

Mercury and elements in Counties of Upper Midwestern U.S.
(USGS) data about mercury and elements in each county calculated from cells in geochemical grid plotting.

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.

Michigan Coastal nonpoint source program
1995 (MDNR) coastal nonpoint source management areas delineated.

Michigan Lake Finder
database of Michigan lakes by name, county or fish species. Also, gives depth, acreage and fish species of each lake.

Michigan’s Goermaere-Anderson Wetland Protection Act
- (MDEQ) - the 1979 public act 203 and administrative rules.

Model Analysis of the Impact on Groundwater Conditions of the Muskegon County Wastewater Disposal System
(USGS) - abstract on the model analysis of the impact on groundwater conditions of this facility

Muskegon County Community Profiles
(Muskegon Co. Health Dept) - population, culture, socioeconomic status, etc.

Muskegon County Resource Plan
(Muskegon Co. Steering Com) - resources, prioritized county problems and concerns and implementation strategies.

Muskegon Lake & Estuary Project Presentation
Gale Nobes's presentation at the State of the Lake Conference 2003 about the Muskegon Lake & Estuary (Wild Rice) Project.

Muskegon Lake Community Action Plan
2002 Remedial Action Plan Update

Muskegon Lake Watershed Management Plan
(Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber) - description of Watershed characteristics, pollutants and recommendations for treatment, prevention and reduction of pollution.

Muskegon River Management Plan
companion to Muskegon River Watershed Assessment. These documents provide a comprehensive watershed plan to aid Fisheries Division and partners.

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.

Muskegon River Watershed Management Plan
- 2002 - (GVSU-AWRI) - very large file (66 mb). ftp://148.61.56.205/WMP_Update/musk_nine_criteria_chap_final.pdf

Muskegon Station
GLERL Real-time Meteorological Observation Network - shows current wind speed and direction, air temp, dew point, humidity, etc., in Muskegon MI.

Natural Newaygo, Brooks Township Land Use Vision Project
identification guide to the natural features of the Newaygo area.

Overview of the Michigan Rivers Inventory (MRI) Project
(UMICH) - overall purpose of the MRI has been to study comparative ecology of Michigan Rivers.

Phase I Final Report for the Muskegon River Initiative Assessment
(Keiser & Assoc) - evaluation of existing organizational infrastructure and knowledge base for serving the needs of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust's "River Initiative"

Physical and Biological Study of Land to be used as a Proposed Nature Area
(Schneidt, R.) - study in Mitchell Creek Watershed nature area.

Preliminary evaluation of restored Maple River flows on Muskegon River flooding and fish habitat.
Analysis of the Maple River flows in Muskegon County, Michigan

Preliminary Investigation of the Extent of Sediment Contamination in Muskegon Lake
(Rediske, Thompson, Schelske, Gabrosek, Nalepa, & Peaslee)

Purple Loosestrife in Michigan
the arrival, distribution, botanical information, habitat and growth strategy, ecological effects and control measures concerning purple loosestrife.

Real-time Data for Michigan
(USGS) - statewide streamflow table.

Report on a Preliminary Investigation of the Muskegon River Flooding Project
(Institute for Fisheries Research) - 1938 report

Research Monitoring of the Lake Michigan Ecosystem Research
(NOAA) - monitor and assess the health of the Lake Michigan ecosystem.

Ruddiman Creek (Muskegon, MI)
Phase II Site Investigation Report.

Section 302 Reconnaissance Report on Aquatic Plant Control for Houghton Lake and Lake St. Helen, MI
feasibility study in 1986 of providing measures for the control of aquatic growth in these two lakes.

Sediment Survey of Three Tributaries of Muskegon Lake
2004 - (MDEQ) sediment survey of Muskegon River, Fourmile Creek and Ryerson Creek)

Selected Chemical Trends in Sediments in Higgins Lake
(MDEQ) - four major processes controlling chemical loading to Higgins Lake.

Shoreline data
(NOAA) - topographic relief map of Michigan with other shoreline data.

Site Inventory for Michigan
(USGS) discharge information at gaging locations in Michigan.

Slow and Steady Defines Dam Sediment Management Plan
short article about the Big Rapids Dam Removal.

State of Michigan’s Environment 2003 Second Biennial Report
(MDEQ) - continues to follow trends in important environmental indicators.

Status of Restoration Activities in Great Lakes Areas of Concern
2003 - (IJC) info on how much has been done in areas of concern

Surface Geology of Wexford County, MI
(David Stewart) - 1948

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 Great Lakes Green Book
(GLU) - a grassroots restoration agenda for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River ecosystem

The Great Lakes Watershed
a CD containing Great Lakes images, atlas, info about native people and early settlement, past problems and future outlook.

The Retreat of Glaciers in the Midwestern U.S.
(State of Illinois Museum) five maps tracing the retreat of Ice Age glaciers.

Types of Wetlands
(EPA) - brief descriptions of the major types of wetlands found in the U.S.

Upper Clam River Watershed: Non-Point Source Pollution Control Watershed Plan
goal of this plan is to reduce the major pollutants to the river and lakes and prevent water resources from further degradation.

Vanishing Lake Michigan Sand Dunes
(Lake Michigan Federation) - status of sand dune mining in Michigan.

Water Levels Databases
(NOAA) - shows current and past water levels of the Great Lakes.

Water Resources Data Michigan Water Year 2001
contains streamflow and water quality records for the Muskegon River.

Wetland Inventories
(MDEQ) - wetland inventory maps for each county show potential locations of wetlands based on statewide aerial maps.

Wetland Monitoring and Assessment
(EPA) - reasons why we should monitor wetlands.

What’s Facing U.S. Dams
current issues and changing protocol about dams including the Big Rapids dam removal.

White Lake, Muskegon Lake and Muskegon River Studies
a list of available studies on White Lake, Muskegon Lake and the Muskegon River which are available at the Muskegon Conservation District.