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  Protecting the White River in Michigan's Newago, Oceana and Muskegon Counties since 1995.

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Saturday May 11 
9:30 a.m. to maybe 2:30 p.m. 

(Rain date May 18)

Kropscott Farm Environmental Center
6523 W Baseline Rd.
Fremont MI 49412

Help the White River Watershed Partnership continue its decade's long practice of twice annually sampling the streams in our watershed.  It's a critical accounting of the water quality of our special river.

We meet up at Kropscott Farm.  If you're unaware, the Kropscott family donated their 80 acre farm to Newaygo County Conservation District in 1996.  Besides their home, there's the big red barn and the Stephen F. Wissling Observatory.

After the usual meet and greet, we form several groups with each heading out to one or more of the many locations we monitor.  To fully engage in the bug collecting, be sure to bring your waders.

Returning back to the Farm we sort.  Using tweezers and eyedroppers we pick through the critters.  Snails, beetles, sowbugs, water striders, mayfly and stonefly nymphs, caddisfly larvae, and a host of scuds go into alcohol for final I.D.ing.  If it's a good day, you may get to see a Hellgrammite under the microscope.

We don't expect you to arrive knowing the Latin taxonomy down to the species level, but seasoned and budding stream biologists alike are sure welcomed.  If you're just a neophyte fly fisher, or a pro with your own tied patterns sorted by season, these Saturdays of sampling are a great chance to check out the benthos you're simulating, and possibly learn of a new stretch of water you've never fished.  But the most important qualification is a sincere interest in the White.

Get on the list.  Email Ray Schinler to sign up. raymondschinler@gmail.com

Here is the link to our waiver all volunteers will need to sign.  Completing it in advance is most important for those under 18 who will not be accompanied by their parent or guardian. 


      Welcome! Travel around this site to learn about who we are, what we do, why we do it, and how you can get involved. 
The White River rises from its headwaters deep in Newago County, flowing through streams and tributaries, finding its
way to the mouth of White Lake, and on to the end of its journey into Lake Michigan.  Discover more about this
remarkable, precious natural resource, and what you can do to preserve, protect and enjoy it!

Wondering why the Watershed is important?  Take a look!

copy59_Main Branch at Taylor Landing
  • copy59_Main Branch at Taylor Landing
  • Spring 2017-11
  • Red Breasted Merganser
  • Brayton x 200th Ave winter 2017
  • Spring 2017-18
  • Blue Flag Iris
  • Spring 2017-9 (2)
  • Spring 2017-16
  • Spring 2017-8
  • Main Br above Taylor Bridge - 2
  • Spring 2017-10
  • Barred owl
  • White Winged Scoter
  • Spring 2017-4
  • Spring 2017-22
  • Main Br above Taylor Bridge winter 2017
  • Spring 2017-13
  • Muskrat
  • Two Mile Creek
  • Spring 2017-21
  • Giant Swallowtail
  • Queen snake
  • WR Hesperia 2
  • Wild turkey
  • Pink Lady Slippers
  • copy13_WRWP web photo (2)
  • Spring Flooding Cobmoosa Creek
  • Mourning cloak
  • copy57_WR Hesperia
  • Sparrow nestlings - Copy
  • copy42_WR Hesperia 3
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  • Board Meeting, Thursday 6PM April 25, 2024
  • Opening Day, Michigan Trout Fishing, April 27, 2024
  • WRWP Spring Macroinvertebrate Sampling, Saturday 9:30AM May 11, 2024 (rain date May 18) 
  • Board Meeting, Thursday 6PM May 23, 2024

WRWP Board of Directors meet monthly starting at 6 pm eastern on the fourth Thursday of the month.  The meetings are conducted by ZOOM.  These meetings are open to all members and guests.  For the link to join, send an email to raymondschinler@gmail.com.

           How's My Waterway:

           A Tool for Exploring Your Water Quality

      How's My Waterway provides information to the public about the condition of their local waters. 
     Collecting information from eight EPA databases, including contributions from states, federal, tribal
     and local agencies, HMW provides a comprehensive overview of water quality across the United States
     at the community, state and national levels.

     HMW can help users:
     *  explore information about their drinking water and local stream conditions
     *  determine whether local waterways are suitable for swimming or consuming fish caught in those               waters, and whether they support aquatic life
     *  discover if their waterways are being monitored for contaminants and the location of any local
         monitoring stations
     *  learn about other issues affecting their waterways, including restoration and protection efforts,
         impairments to water and discharge violations into local streams and rivers

    Click the White River Light Station for real-time views of White Lake Channel and Lake Michigan. The webcam is maintained courtesy of White Lake Association.

    Don't head out to swim, fish or boat before checking the forecast! Click the waves for instant access to weather conditions at the White River Light Station.

    You can learn the water levels on the lower White, just above Whitehall, by clicking on the ruler.  This service is courtesy of US Geological Service.

                                          Visit our
 Science Corner
 for links to the Aquatic
 Invasive Species Watch
 List, both plants and

   You can also find
 information there about
 the White's watershed
 management plan, maps
 and other resources.