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Community Scientist Identification Day

October 18, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn what it takes to be a community scientist at this free event! You will help to collect and identify macroinvertebrate larvae to monitor the water quality of Eaton County streams. Collection days will be held on October 5th and 12th from 1-5 p.m. with a rain date of October 16th.  Macroinvertebrate identification will be held on October 18th from 6-8 p.m.  Volunteers will meet at the C.S. Mott Academic Center at 320 S Main St, Olivet. All equipment will be provided, though volunteers should dress for the weather.

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For more information, contact Val Reisen at or 517-543-1512.


The Eaton County Collaborative Stream Monitoring Program was established through Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) grants and operates in partnership between the University of Olivet and Eaton Conservation District. The monitoring program consists of sites in Eaton County within the Upper Thornapple River watershed. The design of the monitoring program focuses on cooperative learning and building relationships between volunteer community scientists and students. Through this collaborative structure, the program is designed for longevity in collecting macroinvertebrate and habitat data throughout the county each fall and spring, and aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Provide new and continuous macroinvertebrate collection and habitat assessment data that will assist in assessing the success of any restoration projects and updating the watershed management plan;
  • Educate and collaboratively engage Eaton County residents, students, and other stakeholders in monitoring, upholding quality, and protecting water resources; and
  • Identify or verify problem areas where degradation has occurred and where future remediation efforts or best management practices can be implemented.


This program is funded through MiCorps Stream Monitoring Grants. MiCorps is administered for the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy by Michigan State University, in partnership with the Michigan Lakes and Streams Association and Huron River Watershed Council.


October 18, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


C.S. Mott Academic Center
320 S Main St
Olivet, MI
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University of Olivet
Eaton Conservation District