Lake St. Clair Metropark Field Station

The Lake St. Clair Metropark Field Station in Macomb County is a field study site for aquatic ecology and ecosystem restoration, water monitoring technology development, analysis of coastal bacterial communities, and research on the effects of environmental stressors on water quality.

This field station is located at the Lake St. Clair Metropark and is a collaboration of the Huron Clinton Metropolitan Authority and Wayne State University.

Current Research

Water Quality Sensors

Multiple sensors and a camera are currently at Lake St. Clair Metropark to measure water quality parameters throughout the park. This partnership with GLOS, Cleveland Water Alliance, and Limnotech is an opportunity to better understand the water systems in the park as well as the water quality on Lake St. Clair.

A link to the data can be found here.

Invasive Species Research


Michigan Sea Grant awardee Cynthia Gutierrez conducted research in summer 2021, on how invasive species can alter bacterial communities in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems at HUW Lake St. Clair Metropark Field Station. Cynthia's research, entitled "Invasive plant species impact on bioswale FIB communities and the capacity of green stormwater infrastructure to sustain ecosystem services" was in partnership with Dr. Victor Carmona at the University of Detroit Mercy. Find out more about Michigan Sea Grant.

Water Mites

Dr. Adrian Vasquez is conducting research on water mites at the park. Water mites are bioindicators of water quality and are important for keeping the mosquito populaiton controlled. 

Below is a video highlighting Dr. Vasquez and the research he is performing.