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

24 spring samplers sharp
24 spring samplers sharp


So far this year, White River enthusiasts have sampled a dozen stretches.  A huge Thank You to you all!
On May 4, organized by Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited, samplers collected and sorted macroinvertebrates from three new sites along Mena Creek, one above and two below Minnie Pond in the Manistee National Forest.  These Newaygo County stretches are part of a sub-watershed with great potential for spawning, but unfortunately cut off to nearly all lake-run fish by dams downstream.
Then on May 11, WRWP organized 20 volunteers, ages ranging over eight decades, who collected and sorted at five more locations.  Two volunteers, both seasoned anglers, were astounded to spot a 15" steelhead dart past in the upper reaches of the North Branch.
Under contract to WRWP, Muskegon Conservation District staff are covering four additional sites, all along Carlton Creek.  These results make the twelfth consecutive year we've used macroinvertebrate sampling to record water quality in a tributary prone to "cultural" degradation.
Currently, several knowledgeable biologists are identifying and counting the bugs the volunteer sorters tweezered into small jars of alcohol at Kropscott Farm Environmental Center, north of Fremont.  Our thanks to Newaygo Conservation District.  From the most sensitive Hellgrammites (we plucked at least one of these Dobsonflies from Cobmoosa Creek this time) to Aquatic Worms (able to survive most anywhere), the hundred plus benthic critters from each 300-foot stretch are assigned to one of nineteen categories.  Then using the protocol adopted by Michigan Clean Water Corps, our biologists complete the assessment calculations.  Water quality results can range from excellent to very poor.
For our actual results, check back, we'll post a summary here and also on our Facebook page (link below).  The full spring results will also be added to years of results from throughout Michigan on the MiCorps data exchange.
Watch for future volunteer opportunities.  Join us in the field and consider becoming a WRWP member.

      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!

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  • 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 May 23, 2024
  • Board Meeting, Thursday 6PM June 27, 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.