Long-term monitoring of aquatic systems is important for detection of exotic species and environmental changes, including episodic events and the effects of climate change, as well as establishing predictive models. While there are various monitoring initiatives in place throughout the Great Lakes basin, we identified a gap in 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. The Emerald Isle ferry transects a 30 mile stretch across northern Lake Michigan from the mainland at Charlevoix, MI to St. James on Beaver Island up to four times daily from May to December. The ferry was outfitted with an onboard auto-sampling system to collect water for nutrient analyses and plankton samples as well as a multiparameter sonde capable of collecting in situ readings of temperature, conductivity, pH, DO, total algae, and FDOM every 2 minutes. A GPS unit and Smart-board relay panel which allows remote operation of the system are also onboard
|Emerald Isle Ferry|
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