Michigan Water School is a program to help elected and appointed officials increase their knowledge about water management and gain access to tools and resources to help impact their local economy.

Michigan Water School: Essential Resources for Local Officials

MSU Extension Water School is a policy-neutral, fact-based program. The
objective of this two-day program is to provide local decision-makers,
appointed and elected officials, and municipal staff 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

  • water quantity
  • water quality
  • economics, finance, and planning
  • water policy issues

Relevant topics presented as part of this course include:

  • Michigan’s 'Blue Economy'
  • 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


Scholarship information:
Scholarships available thanks to funding from the Erb Family Foundation and Pure Oakland Water. Contact Mary Bohling at bohling@msu.edu for details.

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