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Issues of the Environment

Issues Of The Environment: CrowdHydrology In Michigan

Gretchen Driskell
Michigan House Democrats
State Representative Gretchen Driskell. (D)-Saline

Removing barriers to citizen science in the name of more and better data about Michigan waterways and watersheds. That's the aim of a bill introduced by Representative Gretchen Driskell. The Saline Democrat says the measure will remove bureaucratic red tape and expensive permitting fees from data collection in our watersheds.



  *   A cumbersome and costly permitting process has meant that Michigan policymakers have had to rely on a limited dataset about the watershed, with data collected by paid staff scientists.
  *   HB 5043 would pave the way to introduce voluntary, citizen-science as a valuable tool for monitoring watershed health through CrowdHydrology, potentially gathering significantly more data at a greatly reduced cost to the state.
  *   Rep. Gretchen Driskell introduced HB 5043 in order to allow Michigan to be a pioneer in using citizen-science to collect critical data, and she feels that the proper checks and balances exist to make it effective.