Did you know the state of Michigan
contains over 36,000 miles of streams and rivers?
Streams and rivers in the state of Michigan are
formed by rain, by natural springs, by water entering from the
surrounding soil, or by marshes and lakes. Some streams get their
start from melting snow.
As the amount of water increases and begins to
flow faster, the soil begins to erode away and a stream or river
is formed. Streams and rivers eventually flow into lakes carrying
nutrients from the soil. Nutrients
that enter lakes from streams and rivers are very important for
the fish and wildlife--they need nutrients to survive.
Click on the PLAY button to the right and see how
a stream can be formed!