Recognition and reporting of water quality management problems on Michigan’s forest lands
All earth changes, people’s activities and uses have potential for negative impacts on water quality.
Healthy, productive forests are closely associated with high quality water, but forest management activities which cause erosion are threats to surface water quality.
Forest land management activities such as: • Timber harvest activities-landings and skidding • Site preparation and tree planting • Trails and pathways • Road construction and parking areas have potential to cause erosion, sedimentation and other undesirable impacts.
Major pollutants that degrade surface and ground water are: • Sediment • Nutrient • Chemicals • Heat • Debris
We are allresponsible for maintaining high quality waters in Michigan.Do your part by reporting potential threats to water quality using:Michigan Department of Natural ResourcesWater Quality Management Practices on Forest LandsNon-Compliance Report Form
The report form should be filled out as completely as possible and given to FMFM Unit Manager.Submitting a report will start a tracking and prioritization process.
The top portion of the form records general information such as location, priority and who found the problem. Priority is subjective. A problem that is currently causing a large amount of resource degradation such as a washed out road may be rated as urgent. An problem such as an undersized culvert on an intermittent stream may have a low priority. Use your best judgment.
The middle section of the form is a checklist of non –conformances.
The lower portion of the form records action taken, further action needed and additional tracking information
The following slides show examples of problems that should be reported when found.
Road Washout Road Washout
Water, clean water is one of our greatest natural assets. For additional information refer to: Water Quality Management Practices on Forest Land 1994 Michigan Department of Natural Resources