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 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.

The program will include sessions on water quantity; water quality; water finance and planning; and water policy issues. Topics to be covered include:

  • The Blue Economy
  • Fiscal benefits of water management
  • Incorporating water into local planning and placemaking
  • Resources to help address water problems
  • Water policy at the federal, tribal, state, and local levels


Contact miwaters@msu.edu for details.

Water School is supported with funding from the Erb Family Foundation and Pure Oakland Water.