Research performed at this station includes rapid testing for beach water quality using qPCR and water mite analysis to determine wetland quality.
The field station is located near the beach at Lake St. Clair Metropark and provides a great on site location for active sampling and study.
Working with Girl Scout troops to educate them on water quality
Beach muck studies have provided insight into the chemical and biotic interactions influenced by human activities.
The location of the LSCMP lab creates unique opportunities for researchers to reach the public about water science and public health. Dr. David Szlag (Oakland University) talks about lake water quality to a group of students from Henry Ford Academy School for Creative Studies during a field trip to the park. The field station location also enables researchers to explore social science related to public perceptions of waterborne pathogens, ecological restoration, invasive species, storm water, and climate change.
This march restoration has been done at the on-site Point Rosa and Black Creek marshes with the help of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding. Other work to improve water flow in the park has been green infrastructure installation for treating runoff in the extensive impermeable surface parking lot has been implemented with US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority (HCMA) funding.
The Lake St. Clair Metropark field station features freshwater resources of Lake St. Clair through which all waters from the upper Great Lakes flow to the lower Great Lakes. It has one of the largest public swimming beaches in the Detroit metropolitan area which provides the opportunity to closely examine variables of urban beach quality and improve methods for pathogen testing.
The on-site field station allows access to some of the few existing coastal wetlands along Lake St. Clair.

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

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.