Protecting and Preserving Black Lake and the Surrounding Watershed

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Posted on August 21st, 2023

Black Lake Watershed Management Plan

Thank you to the Black Lake Watershed Team from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) who presented an overview of the early work that they are doing with Tip of the Mitt (TOTM) Watershed Council.  The team has begun the process of planning and gathering needed data from the field to develop a new watershed management plan for the extremely large watershed that flows through Black Lake.  The Black Lake Watershed drains 547 square miles in Cheboygan, Montmorency, Otsego, and Presque Isle counties as part of the larger Cheboygan River Watershed.

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Posted on July 17th, 2023

Black Lake Watershed Residents Survey:  Your Input Needed

Good News!  Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council has been awarded partial funding through the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) to develop a Watershed Management Plan (WMP) for the Black Lake Watershed.  This two-year grant includes data collection, stakeholder engagement, and development of the plan with the end goal of approval by EGLE and the Environmental Protection Agency.  The plan will be used to leverage funds to develop and implement future water resource protection projects. 

The Council is currently working on collecting information from residents about nonpoint source pollution threats to the watershed.  Examples include road/stream crossings, agriculture, forestry, streambanks, and stormwater.  You can provide input by completing the survey at the following link:

Posted on July 17th, 2023

Next Meeting

October 9, 7:00 p.m. at Grant Township Hall on Twin Lakes Road.  Topics of discussion will include shoreline survey, water quality monitoring, watershed management plan update, and others.

Posted on May 1st, 2023

July Meeting 2023

Many thanks to Marcella Domka and Kai Garcia from Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council for the great, informative presentation on July 10 about rain gardens and how to construct your own!  If you missed it or just want to see it again, here’s the PDF of the presentation:

Rain Gardens Presentation