Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MDEQ Request for Surface Water Data

Readers are encouraged to furnish the surface water data described below to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.


"The Water Resources Division (WRD) is requesting ambient water quality data (chemical, biological, or physical) that has been obtained by other governmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations, or the public for Michigan surface waters from January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2014.

"All water quality data submitted to the WRD by March 1, 2015, will be evaluated and potentially used to help prepare Michigan’s 2016 Integrated Report.

"The WRD prepares and submits a biennial report to the United States Environmental Protection Agency to satisfy the listing requirements of Section 303(d) and the reporting requirements of Sections 305(b) and 314 of the Clean Water Act.

"The Integrated Report describes the status of water quality in Michigan and includes a list of water bodies that are not attaining Michigan Water Quality Standards and require the establishment of pollutant Total Maximum Daily Loads. 

"All ambient water quality data (including associated quality assurance/quality control information) provided for Michigan surface waters may be sent to Sam Noffke, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, WRD, P.O. Box 30458, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7958; or if the ambient water quality data is in electronic form please email at

"If submitting electronic data, please let Mr. Noffke know if the data can be downloaded from a secondary location (e.g., WQX) or if the data will come directly from the submitter. Contact: Sam Noffke, WRD, at 517-284-5554."

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