• The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality provides water quality monitoring reports.
  • Operators must furnish water quantity information to the Supervisor of Wells. This information can be access via FOIA request for those monitoring water levels.
  • Committees may be established to analyze trends in water use in areas near water withdrawal wells. These “education” committees or “water resources assessment” committees are able to be established under law of Part 327 of NREPA. These committees would meet at publicly open meetings to monitor water usage and its impact on communities.
  • Any concerned citizen can become involved with local/regional monitoring efforts. Check the list of Michigan Watershed and Stream Associations.
  • Other entities such as the Michigan Clean Water Corps help start volunteer monitoring programs in areas that are in need of such a program.
  • If you live in the northern Lower Peninsula and are concerned about your drinking water, Freshwater Future’s Fracking Monitoring is designed to monitor drinking water for pollutants that are found when groundwater contamination occurs. Read more about our program here.


  • Surface water quality is not allowed to fall below established water quality standards.  The Ohio 305(b) report refers to the section of the Clean Water Act that requires states to list water resource inventories, and serves as a report card to indicate the progress that Ohio is making toward achieving the goals of the Clean Water Act. The 305(b) classification will provide important information on the relative health of your river, creek or stream. Click here to find the Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment 305(b) Report. Where fracking operations contribute to the degradation of water quality, the public must be notified if surface water quality is found to be decreasing. Click here to view public notices regarding permitting above established Water Quality Standards.
  • You can volunteer with local watershed groups, or other interested groups of citizens to monitor water quality of rivers and streams.  The Ohio Environmental Council’s Watershed Watchdog Program provides a means for citizens to protect and improve water quality in their watershed.


  • The public can report water contamination to the Department of Environmental Protection via a hotline. Numbers and more information can be found here.
  • Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection offers some citizen volunteer monitoring programs and information. Visit their webpage for additional contacts and resources.

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