Three Watersheds, One Bug and Hundreds of Volunteers
On Saturday Jan. 26, 2013 The Clinton River Watershed Council, Friends of the Rouge and the Huron River Watershed Council hosted Annual Stonefly searches in their respective watersheds.
Nearly 300 volunteers gave time to one of the three groups to help collect this annual data throughout Southeast Michigan. Volunteers dressed in coats, hats, gloves, long johns and in some cases sunglasses, put on waders broke through ice to search for tiny insect called the Winter Stonefly. The Winter Stonefly nymphs are one of the most sensitive of all aquatic macro invertebrates that live in our rivers and streams. 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 presence of stonefly larvae in a stream indicates good water quality.
All three watersheds found stoneflies and are in the process of analyzing the data and will have follow up information available in a few weeks.
Volunteers search the Stonefly in the Kimball Sanctuary in the headwaters region of the Clinton River Watershed Independence Township.