Water literally defines Michigan. The state can be identified from space because it is surrounded by the Great Lakes. High-quality water for drinking, industry and recreation is an economic driver. Protecting and improving the quality of Michigan’s water resources is critical for our state’s future. MSU Extension educators and researchers work with community leaders to create water-protection strategies, landowners and industry to reduce risks of water pollution, and state agencies to develop water quality information systems.
January 29, 2015 | Beth Clawson | Stay informed, be involved. Aquatic invasive species prevention has become a priority within the state. Learn how to identify and prevent aquatic invasive species in your local lakes and streams.
January 21, 2015 | Jane Herbert | Conference to highlight speakers from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and private design firms.
January 9, 2015 | Terry Gibb | Rain storms in southeast Michigan in late November added 79 million gallons to the 2014 sewage overflow totals.
December 31, 2014 | Bindu Bhakta | Proposals sought from full-time graduate and undergraduate students as well as citizens enrolled in a volunteer leadership training programs who are working on management projects involving lakes and lake leaders.
December 29, 2014 | Bindu Bhakta | New field guide makes the perfect stocking stuffer for those interested in understanding, describing, documenting, conserving and restoring diverse natural plant communities of Michigan.
December 23, 2014 | Beth Clawson | Harvesting and eating invasive plants may add a new dimension to “local foods.” Many invasive plants and animals started out as old world food that escaped from colonial gardens.
December 16, 2014 | Bindu Bhakta | U.S. Global Change Research Program assessment presents many examples of how climate change is already affecting and will increasingly affect our lives in the future.
December 11, 2014 | Bindu Bhakta | The Institute aims to help develop individuals who can care for Michigan’s lakes and streams through education, leadership and citizen action.
December 5, 2014 | Mary Bohling | Traditional and alternative shoreline design options explored in new manual released by ERCA.
December 4, 2014 | Jane Herbert | A visit to Paw Paw’s natural shoreline demonstration project reveals the creation of microhabitats, or safe places, for juvenile fishes. Studies show that bluegill, largemouth bass and other fish use these “edge” habitats to increase their feeding rates.
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Date: Feb 5, 2015 - Feb 5, 2015
Location: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 500 W. Fletcher, Alpena, MI 49707
Date: Feb 12, 2015
Location: Van Buren Conference Center 490 S. Paw Paw Street Lawrence, MI 49064
Date: Feb 16, 2015
Location: Branch Area Careers Center, 366 Morse Street, Coldwater, MI 49036
- Be Phosphorus Smart
- Clean Boats Clean Waters
- Climate Change and Variability
- Comprehensive Wastewater Management Education
- Conflict, Collaboration & Consensus in Natural Resource Issues
- Great Lakes Education Program
- Landscaping for Water Quality
- Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute
- N.E. Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative