The Clinton River Watershed Council is looking for volunteers with an eye for bugs.
, which is an indication of good water quality.
Since the winter stoneyfly nymphs are one of the most sensitive of all aquatic macro invertebrates that live in rivers and streams, the bug's presence in the stream is an indication that the river is healthy and likely supporting trout and other fish. These insects are most active and easily found in the month of January when the water temperature is very cold and there is still plenty of leafy debris in the river bottom for stoneflies to forage on.
The Clinton River watershed runs through 60 communities and four counties: Macomb, Oakland, Lapeer, and St. Clair. From its headwaters in Springfield Township, the Clinton River travels 80 miles and eventually empties into Lake St. Clair in Harrison Township.
Volunteers will meet at the council office in Rochester Hills (on the southwest corner of Avon and Livernois) at 10 a.m. Saturday for the annual Winter Stonefly Search.
From there, volunteers will split into teams and head to various sampling locations.
Once volunteers are done testing the river, they will then meet back at the office for lunch and hot beverages. The annual search will help add to the CRCW’s Adopt-A-Stream Data and will provide a chance to learn about the ecology and conditions of our local streams.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own waders. However, the CRWC will have a few extra pairs on hand for those who choose to get into the water.
The Annual Winter Stonefly search will meet regardless of weather conditions, so bundle up and come ready to search for critters.
Volunteer registration is required. To register, contact the CRWC office at 248-601-0606 or email email@example.com.
For more information about the Adopt-a-Stream program or other Clinton River Watershed Council events, check out the council's website.