Water quality data was collected every two weeks at nine sampling sites along the river from April through October in 2012 and 2013. Nine water quality parameters were studied, including phosphorus, fecal coliform bacteria and nitrates. Under weather conditions encountered during the monitoring periods, all sites studied met all statutory and generally accepted water quality standards. However, analysis indicated that heavy rain events and high temperatures can adversely affect bacteria levels.
The project was a successful, cooperative partnership between the DEQ, Cass River Greenway, wastewater treatment facilities of Cass City, Caro, Vassar and Frankenmuth, and testing facilities of Saginaw Valley State University. Environmental Science Solutions, LLC, managed the project.
Data and information collected during this two-year study will complement the Cass River Watershed Management Plan now being developed. More information regarding this project can be found here.
The Cass River Greenway is an effort organized by a group of local volunteers, assisted by professional resources and municipal leaders, working to enhance recreational opportunities and the environmental well being of the Cass River Corridor.