Summer 2012 MDEQ Biological & Water Chemistry Surveys of the LGR, Shiawassee and Clinton Counties

Adobe Acrobat FileSurveys of the LGR,
Shiawassee and Clinton Counties

Stream Stabilization Technical Plan for Riverside Park, DeWitt
FLG presented a PowerPoint show on two "demonstration projects" on the Looking Glass River to the DeWitt City Council in Feb. of 2007. Those sites showed severe erosion. After approx 2 and a half years, approx 185 yards of the LGR's south bank in DeWitt's Riverside Park is slated to get much-needed repair the spring / summer of 2009 - as soon as weather and water levels are suitable for the work. (technical plan)

Volunteers are needed to keep the costs down. Please consider helping. See the technical plan, FLG's letter to the city, and go to "Newsletters" and "Media Gallery" for more background: If you can help, email Bob Bishop @ or call him @ 517.881.1758.

Watershed Management Plan
In 2007, we filed a grant proposal for the development of a watershed management plan and this grant was approved! This plan is for the Upper Looking Glass which comprises 12 sub-basins within four counties: Shiawassee, Clinton, Ingham, and Livingston. We are looking forward to developing this plan with the help of Mark Coscarelli from Public Sector Consultants. It is our hope this grant will allow us to help in the enhancing land and habitat protection among many other benefits. UPDATE: The Watershed Management Plan is available! To download a copy, go to the Public Sector Consultants site.

For more information, contact Gloria Miller.

Watershed Projects
Since our inception, we have been actively involved in ways to help the Looking Glass Watershed bringing education and attention to its environment. We have a bi-annual river education experience period with science classes from DeWitt Jr., High School and we participate in National Water Monitoring Days. Below are listed several projects we have conducted over the past few years to help monitor and survey the Watershed.

Road Crossing Survey
During July and August 2001, a team of volunteers conducted visual assessments along the river. Surveys were completed at 160 locations where roads cross the river and streams. Items that were assessed included types of vegetation, surrounding land use, and potential pollution sources. The results founded in our study were used to identify 21 sites in the Watershed that seemed to be most likely to have problems. Click here for a look at the results further explanation.

MACRO Testing
In 2001, we received a two-year grant to monitor the 21 sites for macroinvertebrates. The grant was extended until Sept. 2004. Monitoring was for fall and spring of each site and overall, every site showed significant changes over the three years of sampling. All results from our testing are available from the Department of Environmental Quality water division.