Portage and Arcadia Creeks Monitoring

Posted Date: 1/10/2013

K&A is collaborating with local stakeholders to quantify and document Watershed Management Plan (WMP) implementation progress in Portage and Arcadia Creeks. Stakeholders in this 35,000-acre urban watershed in Southwest Michigan have been actively pursuing WMP projects for improving water quality. A year-long intensive monitoring project will compare current and past water quality in the watershed after ten years of BMP implementation. This project also will generate information on urban stormwater BMP effectiveness and water quality benefits at the watershed scale. These efforts are funded through MDEQ Innovative Monitoring Grants written by K&A for local watershed partners (Western Michigan University and The Forum of Greater Kalamazoo) that have been actively involved in BMP implementation.

Through additional funding from the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, temperature monitoring will be conducted in upper Portage Creek where K&A previously examined stormwater thermal enrichment impacts on this coldwater stream. K&A's cutting edge thermal enrichment research (published in 2005) was the most comprehensive of its kind in the United States. A decade later, K&A now will examine BMP performance to mitigate heated summertime stormwater runoff discharges.

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