Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner
The Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC) is looking for volunteer field researchers to help search for a rare macroinvertebrate called the Stonefly Nymph. This creature measures about 7-12 mm long and is most active and easily found in January when the water temperature is very cold.
Finding a Stonefly in your local river or stream is a good indicator that the water quality is high and finding one in the Clinton River will go a long way in helping to dispel the myth that it is still polluted.
If you enjoy being outdoors in winter and would like to search for these telling macroinvertebrates, you can join the CRWC staff at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 21st for their annual Winter Stonefly Search.
Staff and volunteers will meet at the CRWC office at 1115 W. Avon Road in Rochester Hills. From there, the group will split into teams and travel to 15 different sampling locations throughout the watershed, including Riverside Park in Auburn Hills. Once teams have finished their site research, all will meet back at the office for pizza, snacks and hot beverages.
Everyone is welcome to join the search. Participants can bring their own waders but the CRWC will have a few extra pairs on hand for those who choose to get in the water. The search goes on regardless of the weather so dress warmly.
Registration is required by January 12th. Please contact the CRWC office at (248) 601-0606 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for additional information.