The following information will be used to select and prioritize monitoring requests, therefore, please ensure the completeness and accuracy of your request prior to submittal.  (Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.)

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Requestor Information:

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Monitoring Information:
In order to prioritize monitoring requests received, it is important to provide accurate information on the desired sampling location. This online form will allow you to request up to 3 different sites.  If your request includes more than 3 sites, please fill out an additional Water Quality Monitoring Request form.

How to Find Latitude and Longitude
The following steps can be used to determine latitude and longitude using common mapping websites (such as those listed below). Click on either link and follow the corresponding directions below.  If you need assistance, please see contact information at the bottom of this form:

Google Maps
1.     Go to
2.     Locate your desired sampling location (you may view aerial imagery by clicking on the “Satellite” box in the lower left hand corner)
3.     Click with the cursor on the desired sampling location
4.     The Latitude and Longitude will appear in a box at the bottom of your screen

Bing Maps
1.     Go to
2.     Locate your desired sampling location (you may view aerial imagery by holding your cursor over the small box in the upper right hand corner and selecting “Aerial”)
3.     Right click on the desired sampling location and select “Add a pushpin”
4.     An information box will appear in the upper left hand corner with the latitude and longitude

How to Convert Latitude and Longitude
The latitude and longitude format required for this form is decimal degrees (e.g., 46.545841, -87.413681). If your information is in degrees-minutes-seconds, please use the following website to convert to decimal degrees (

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What is your environmental concern, question, or objective at this location?

NOTE regarding lake monitoring:
This monitoring request form is for streams, rivers, and lakes.
Trophic state lake monitoring is designed to assess lake productivity through measurements of water transparency, nutrients, and algal biomass. EGLE does not conduct fish or macroinvertebrate community surveys for lakes. For additional information visit the Inland Lakes Monitoring Strategy webpage by clicking here. EGLE is unlikely to conduct monitoring that could be completed by lake residents through the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program. For more information on this program click here. In order to be considered for targeted EGLE lake monitoring, please identify a larger problem and objective for monitoring.

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Requested Monitoring Justification:

Provide a short summary of why monitoring should be performed at the requested site(s). If necessary, additional justification can be provided in the “Additional Comments” section below. If applicable, please point out whether the requested monitoring is related to Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Areas of Concern (AOC), potential restoration or best management practice success stories, long term trend monitoring, etc.

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Additional Comments (OPTIONAL):
(This area is for providing additional details beyond what you stated above in the “Justification” section to further demonstrate the need to perform the requested monitoring at the site(s).)

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Do you have another site you would like to add?**

** NOTE: Click “Yes” if you have additional sites to add (you may add up to 3 sites on one request form). You will then be taken to another page where you will be able to enter additional site information. If information such as the “Requested Monitoring Justification” or “Additional Comments” are the same as your first site, you may write “Same” in those text boxes, as long as there is a justification for the first site. You may then either submit your request or add an additional site.
If you do not have another site to add, click “No”. You must click “Submit” on this page for your request to be processed. You should see a “Thank you for taking the survey” page if your request has been submitted.

For assistance with this request please contact:

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
Water Resources Division
Lee Schoen (517) 342-4500 or Jeff Varricchione (517) 342-4557