Water School: Essential Resources for Local Officials

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 workshop.

Upcoming workshops planned

(Cancelled) May 18-19, 2020 - Friends of the Rouge

For more information contact  Mary Bohling (313) 410-9431, email

June 24-25, 2020 - Friends of the Detroit River

Belle Isle Nature Center
176 Lakeside Dr.
Detroit, MI 48207

For more information contact Tricia Blicharski (734) 288-3889, email; or Mary Bohling (313) 410-9431, email

July 8-9, 2020 - Clinton River Watershed Council

Macomb Intermediate School District
44001 Garfield Road
Clinton Township, MI 48038

For more information contact Kathleen Sexton at (248) 601-0606 or; or Mary Bohling (313) 410-9431, email

Sept 22-23, 2020 - Friends of the Rouge

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

For more information contact Sally Petrella (734) 927-4904, email; or Mary Bohling (313) 410-9431, email

Registration information:

Water School registration fee is $175 (includes materials and Continental breakfast for both days). Scholarships available thanks to funding from the Erb Family Foundation and Pure Oakland Water. Contact Mary Bohling at for details.

Scholarship money is reimbursable based on completion of program requirements. Attendance during both days of the program is required.

Certificate upon completion of two-day session.

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 in the Northwest Michigan area.

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

The MSU Extension Water School is a joint project between MSU Extension and Michigan Sea Grant.