CANCELED: Water School: Essential Resources for Local Officials -- Friends of the Rouge

September 22, 2020 - September 23, 2020

E.L. Johnson Nature Center 3325 Franklin Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Contact: Sally Petrella 734-927-4904 or



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Registration is $175 (includes materials and continental breakfast both days). Thanks to the generous support of the Erb Family Foundation a scholarship of $100 is available to the first 25 registrants who request it. Scholarship money is reimbursable based on completion of program requirements. To request a scholarship, send an email to:

Attendance during both days of the program is required.
Please register early as space is limited. Registration closes September 17, 2020.

If you’re interested in learning about the many facets of water, its importance to our economy and environment, and what you as a local official or decision maker can do to protect this valuable resource, please plan to attend Michigan State University (MSU) Extension’s 2-day Water School: Essential Resources for Local Officials. The MSU Extension Water School is a joint project between MSU Extension and Michigan Sea Grant.

MSU Extension Water School is a policy-neutral, fact-based program. The objective of the two-day program is to provide local decision makers and appointed and elected officials with critical, relevant information needed to understand Michigan’s water resources, including the fundamentals of water science, in order to support sound water management decisions and increase awareness of current and future local and state water issues. As an elected or appointed official, you are a valued leader with a unique opportunity to make important decisions regarding the future of our water resources.

Water School features both in-class presentations and interactive learning demonstrations along with a field-tour. The program will include sessions on a) water quantity; b) water quality; c) economics, finance, and planning; and d) water policy issues. Relevant topics presented as part of this course include:
  • Michigan’s Blue Economy
  • Local water issues
  • Water quantity and groundwater availability in Michigan
  • Dealing with water quality issues affecting the waters of Michigan
  • Critical connections to Michigan’s Water Strategy
  • Fiscal benefits of water management
  • How to incorporate water into local planning and placemaking
  • Risk management approaches
  • Water policy at the federal, tribal, state and local levels
  • Online Toolkit to help address water problems
The field-tour session will enhance the classroom content by highlighting innovative green infrastructure and low impact development practices.

Program speakers represent staff educators and faculty from MSU Extension, MSU, and local experts. 

Cancellation/Refund Policy

  • Full refund available if requested by 11:59 p.m. Sept 7, 2020.
  • Refund of $125 if requested Sept 8-Sept 16, 2020.
  • No refunds Sept 17, 2020 and later.


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