In May of 2014, Friends of the Boyne installed five CrowdHydrology water level monitoring gauges on the Boyne River.  By using the “crowd sourcing ” concept, we can gather information on the river water levels from anyone willing to send a text message from the stream gauges that are now in place (see lower left photo). For more information, see www.crowdhydrology.com.

The gauge numbers and locations of your Boyne River monitoring sites are listed below.  To view water level data, click on the gauge number of interest.

  1. MI1022: Old City Park at East Street Bridge
  2. MI1023: Boyne Nature Area at Boardwalk No. 1
  3. MI1024: Dam Road, downstream of the crossing
  4. MI1025: Boyne Mountain Road, downstream of the crossing
  5. MI1026: Springbrook Road, downstream of the crossing

Now it’s easy for you to be a Boyne River scientist!  Visit any of the above river sites and follow the instructions on the CrowdHydology gauge to enter your river level data.

CrowdHydrology gauge

CrowdHydrology Sign

In addition to river water levels, the river monitoring team started collecting river flow data (e.g. cubic feet of water per second flowing toward Lake Charlevoix).  As we compile more information, our goal is to correlate river flow with a river level reading

Mike Durbin and Ed Strzelinski collecting river flow data.

Mike Durbin and Ed Strzelinski collecting river flow data.

from the gauges.  When a relationship between the river level and river flow is established in the form of a Rating Curve, we should be able to predict Boyne River outflow from a simple gauge reading.  Also, the baseline river outflow information could serve as an alert indicator for water depletion, as well as a tool for making regulatory decisions on future water use.

The Boyne River level and flow monitoring project is a collaborative effort with Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, University at Buffalo Department of Geology, USGS Michigan Water Science Center and Trout Unlimited.