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Water Resources of Oakland County, Michigan

The U.S. Geological Survey and Oakland County have cooperated on two major hydrologic investigations in recent years. The first project, from 1998 to 2000, studied the occurrence of arsenic, nitrate, chloride, and other contaminants in ground water. The second project, from 2001-2004, involved a more comprehensive study of the status and trends in water quantity and quality in Oakland County.

These studies have produced two overview reports (in addition to an older report produced in 1972), three technical reports, a data report, two county-wide fact sheets, and twenty-five township-level fact sheets. These reports are available online through the hyperlinks below.

In addition, streamflow and stream water quality were measured at 14 sites and lake water quality was measured in 12 lake basins. Continuous streamflow monitors were operated at 12 sites, and continuous surface-water-quality monitors operated at 7 sites. Links to the site descriptions and data available for each site are provided below, by basin.

Overview Reports:


Data Reports:


Technical Reports:


Fact Sheets:



Stream data:


Shiawassee River Watershed
Site Number Site Name Data type
4143830 Shiawassee River at Holly, Mich. QW(c)
4143900 Shiawassee River at Linden, Mich. Flow(c)


Flint River Watershed

Site Number Site Name Data type
4148035 Kearsley Creek at Mill St. at Ortonville, Mich. QW


Clinton River Watershed
Site Number Site Name Data type
4160800 Sashabaw Creek near Drayton Plains, Mich. Flow(c),QW(c)
4160900 Clinton River near Dratyon Plains, Mich. Flow(c), QW
4161000 Clinton River at Auburn Hills, Mich. Flow(c), QW
4161540 Paint Creek at Rochester, Mich. Flow(c), QW(c)
4161580 Stoney Creek near Romeo, Mich. Flow(c), QW
4161810 Clinton River at Yates, Mich. Flow, QW(c)


River Rouge Watershed
Site Number Site Name Data type
4166000 River Rouge at Birmingham, Mich. Flow(c), QW
4166100 River Rouge at Southfield, Mich. Flow(c), QW(c)
4166200 Evans Ditch at Southfield, Mich. Flow(c), QW
4166300 Upper River Rouge at Farmington, Mich. Flow(c)
4166315 Upper River Rouge at Clarenceville, Mich. QW(c)


Huron River Watershed
Site Number Site Name Data type
4170000 Huron River at Milford, Mich. Flow(c), QW(c)
4170500 Huron River near New Hudson Mich. Flow(c), QW


Ground-water-level data
Site Number Site Name
423423083324001 Proud Lake Recreation Area
424109083384301 Fish Lake Rd.
424133083293201 White Lake Rd.
424133083293101 Teggerdine Rd.
425116083321501 Holly Recreation Area



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