Educational Resources

Clean Boating

Clean Boats Clean Waters (website)
Clean Boating (brochure)

Coal Tar (PAHs)

Toxic Pavement Sealants (brochure)

Coastal Resiliency

Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide (website)
Local Zoning for Great Lakes Coastal Shorelines (report)
Resilient Great Lakes Coast (website)
Resilient Michigan (website)

Emerging Contaminants

Contaminants of Emerging Concern in the Great Lakes (report)
Insecticide Seed Treatments Threaten Midwestern Waterways (report)
Protecting the Great Lakes from Pharmaceutical Pollution (report)

Great Lakes Water Levels

Dynamic Water Levels in the Great Lakes (website)

Green Infrastructure

Low Impact Development Guidebook (manual)
Rain Gardens: A How-To Manual for Homeowners (manual)
Tips for Protecting Freshwater Resources (brochure)

Ice Cover

Grand Traverse Bay Ice Cover (database)
Great Lakes Ice Cover (website)

Invasive Species

Aquatic Invasive Species Pathways Program (website)
Charlevoix, Antrim, Kalkaska, and Emmet counties Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (website)
End the Spread of Invasive New Zealand Mud Snail (brochure)
Guide to Control & Management of Invasive Phragmites (manual)
Invasive Species: Identify and Report (website)
Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (website)
You’re a Great Spotter (brochure)

Lawn Maintenance

Natural Lawn Care (website)

Natural Shorelines

Great Lakes Shoreline Management (website)
Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership (website)
Natural Shorelines for Inland Lakes (brochure)
Natural Shoreline Treatments (website)
Stewardship Guide for Living on Grand Traverse Bay (manual)
Shoreline Living (manual)


Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances/PFAS (website)


Microplastics and You (video)
Microplastics in the Great Lakes (video)
Plastic Debris Getting into the Great Lakes, Drinking water, and Food (report)
Plastic-Free Great Lakes

The Watershed Center maintains an interactive Regional Water Quality Database for the Grand Traverse Bay watershed. This database contains current and historical data, providing a comprehensive storehouse of available water quality data for the entire watershed.