Long-term monitoring of aquatic systems is important for detection of exotic species, environmental changes, including episodic events and the effects of climate change, and establishing predictive models. CMU identified a gap in monitoring efforts for northern Lake Michigan. In 2016, the CMU Biological Station, Institute for Great Lakes Research and Beaver Island Boat Company formed a partnership to fill this gap by collecting data between Charlevoix and Beaver Island, Michigan. The Emerald Isle ferry was outfitted with an auto-sampling system to collect water for analysis of nutrients and plankton and a multiparameter sonde that measures temperature, conductivity, pH, DO, total algae, and dissolved organic matter every 2 minutes.
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