The Institute of Water Research at Michigan State University is dedicated to developing science-based technology, research, educational programs, and partnerships to help understand and address critical water issues.

About the Institute of Water Research

The IWR is one of 54 federally designated water institutes created under the Water Resources Research Act of 1964, and is supported by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The IWR also receives ongoing support from MSU AgBioResearch and MSU Extension, and is a member of the National Institutes for Water Resources.


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Call for Abstracts for the 2nd Annual Harmful Algal Bloom Virtual Symposium:
Emerging Research and Case Studies.  The Algal Bloom Action Team, a collaboration of water professionals, researchers, and educators from 12 states in the North Central Region of the United States, invites you to submit an abstract to the second Annual Harmful Algal Bloom Virtual Symposium. The symposium will be held January 6-7, 2022.  It will feature emergent harmful algal bloom (HAB) research and provide a venue for moderated discussions regarding HAB research, outreach, and how information dissemination can be improved. Accepted presentation abstracts must address at least one of the following topic areas: Human Health and HABs; Animal Health and HABs; Monitoring, Identifying, and Ecology of HABs; Preventing and Treating HABs. Submission Deadline is Friday, September 10 at 11:59 PM Central Time. For instructions on submitting an Abstract, go to: HABs-call-for-proposals-2022.pdf.  For more information on HABs, visit:

Interactive online dashboard helps visualize community health risks in three lenses. The IWR has collaborated with the Bowling Green State University Great Lakes Center for Fresh Waters and Human Health, the University of Michigan, and MSU Extension on a Sea Grant project to develop a new online dashboard to help scientists, policy makers and the public understand and predict water quality and community health data as it relates to harmful algal blooms.