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Muskegon Lake Long-Term Monitoring

Muskegon Lake, a drowned river mouth lake connecting to Lake   Michigan, is a highly disturbed ecosystem listed as an Area of   Concern (AOC) in the Great Lakes region. Yet there is a surprising   lack of recent information on Muskegon Lake. Detailed and long-term   understanding of the lake ecology is essential for wise management of   this vital coastal ecosystem that connects the landscape (Muskegon   River watershed) to the Lake Michigan. We have initiated a long-term   monitoring program with the following goals: 1) observe short-term   and long-term changes in the ecological health of Muskegon Lake; 2)  understand the mechanisms behind the changes we see in the lake's   ecology; 3)integrate Muskegon Lake ecology to the watershed level and   to society at large; and 4)use the information generated from this   study to remove (de-list) Muskegon Lake as one of the Areas of   Concern (AOC) in the Great Lakes. The monitoring program is designed   both to provide consistent, scientifically rigorous information and   to accommodate the information needs of the community. We collect   data on water chemistry, physical characteristics, bacteria,   phytoplankton, benthic invertebrates, and fish populations three   times per year.  

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Publication
Researchers
Alan SteinmanPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 9 projects
Sterrett Isely ElaineResearcher
Associated with 3 projects
Agencies

Funding 1 projects for a total of $0.00

Funding 1 projects for a total of $0.00
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Biochemical
Community
Ecosystem
Physical/Chemical
Population
Impact of Pollutants
Exotic Species
Nutrients, Including Phosphorus
Processes
Natural Ecological Processes
Natural Physical/Geological Processes
Land Use and Habitat
Shoreline
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Michigan
State Province
Michigan
Purpose of Project
Trend Assessment
Resource Being Monitored
Bottom Sediment
Fisheries
Plankton / Microorganisms
Societal/Surface Water
Program Drivers
Remedial Actions Plan (RAP)
Beneficial Use Impairment Assessments
Degradation of Aesthetics
Degradation of Benthos
Eutrophication or Undesirable Algae
Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat
Restrictions of Fish and Wildlife Consumption
Restrictions on Dredging Activities
Restrictions on Drinking Water Consumption or Taste and Odour Problems
Tainting of Fish and Wildlife Populations
Biology And Life History
Population Dynamics
Control And Mitigation
Physical Measures
Annex Numbers
Remedial Action Plans and Lakewide Management Plans
Research & Development
Surveillance and Monitoring
Annex 17
Impact of water quality and AIS on fish and wildlife populations and habitats
Physical and transformational processes affecting delivery of pollutants
Pollution exchange between AOCs and open lakes
General
Monitoring
Annex
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Remedial Action Plans and Lakewide Management Plans
    Research & Development
    Surveillance and Monitoring
  • Annex 17
    Annex 17
    Impact of water quality and AIS on fish and wildlife populations and habitats
    Physical and transformational processes affecting delivery of pollutants
    Pollution exchange between AOCs and open lakes

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