This past summer the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) collected water samples from the Hardy Jennings Drain on multiple occasions for water chemistry and pathogens. On November 13, 2017, MDEQ, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and Shiawassee County Soil Conservation District staff inspected a local dairy farm operation for potential breaches of intended or unintended manure or other discharges that could negatively influence the Hardy Jennings Drain. According to an MDEQ representative, none were found. On November 20, 2017 MDEQ collected another set of water samples from the Hardy Jennings Drain for water chemistry and pathogens. Additionally, this past September 14, 2017 information from a reliable source indicated that upstream manure spreading was kept further from the Hardy Jennings Drain in response to water quality concerns.
The Lake Manitou Association Board is committed to watershed water quality improvement. In 2018 the Shiawassee County Conservation District will be collecting water samples from Lake Manitou and the watershed in an effort to identify highly probable sources of human E. coli contaminants. The Board fully endorses the program which is funded by the MDEQ. In 2018 Oakland University will continue their Lake Manitou research of Blue Green algal blooms. MDEQ, Shiawassee Soil Conservation and local agribusiness are actively involved in helping to improve land and water stewardship.
The recent photos are of Lake Manitou. Sunset in November. Ice forming in December.