Water School: Essential Resources for Local Officials

Elected and appointed officials often need to make important decisions regarding the future of shared water resources. The new online version of the Michigan Water School program from Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension provides decision-makers with critical, relevant information needed to understand Michigan’s water resources in order to support sound water management decisions.

This year Michigan Water School: Essential Resources for Local Officials will be offered free in a Zoom webinar format on four Thursday afternoons in October and November. This project has been generously supported by the Erb Family Foundation and Pure Oakland Water.

Science and 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

Webinar schedule

Water School speakers will include educators and faculty from MSU and MSU Extension as well as other experts providing local perspectives.

Webinar time
3-5 p.m. Thursdays

Oct. 8: Water Quantity - Presenter Ruth Kline-Robach, Academic Specialist; Institute for Water Research 
Oct. 22: Water Quality -  Presenter Erick Elgin, Water Resource Extension educator 
Nov. 5: Water Finance & Planning - Presenter Steve Safferman, MSU Department of Biosystems and Agriculture Engineering & Brad Neuman, Land Use Planning Extension educator 
Nov. 19: Water Policy - Presenter Terry Gibb, Water Resource Management and Public Policy Extension educator & Harmony Fierke-Gmazel, Government and Community Vitality Extension educator