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.

Water School in-person workshops for 2020 have been cancelled.

Given the current concerns about novel coronavirus, the 2020 Water School workshops have been cancelled. This was a difficult decision to make, however our top priority is the health and well-being of our program participants and staff. We are hoping to provide training online as an alternative, stay tuned for more information

For more information contact  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.