Temperature Monitoring

The RRRC recently placed data loggers in the cold water stretch of the Rifle River and its major tributaries.  The loggers will record the stream temperature to ensure that stream temperatures remain suitable for fish and other aquatic species.  By deploying the data loggers throughout the river system we can identify specific areas of concern and address issues before there is damage to the river ecosystem.

The RRRC is partnering with the Mershon Chapter of Trout Unlimited who began the project a number of years ago.  The RRRC acquired additional data loggers to fill in area not being monitored.  The loggers will be placed in the spring and removed for reading in the fall.   

The RRRC partners with a number of organizations to work on projects within the Rifle River watershed.  Some of these partners are the Ann Arbor and Mershon Chapters of Trout Unlimited, Huron Pines, Arenac and Ogemaw Conservation Districts and the Michigan DNR.  The RRRC is actively looking for new members to help with projects and hopefully expand its program of work.

 Chairman Matt Pollard and member Don Meyer work to deploy temperature monitors in the Rifle River

Chairman Matt Pollard and member Don Meyer work to deploy temperature monitors in the Rifle River