The Institute of Water Research (IWR) at MSU provides timely information for addressing contemporary land and water resource issues through coordinated multidisciplinary efforts using advanced information and networking systems. The IWR endeavors to strengthen MSU's efforts in nontraditional education, outreach, and interdisciplinary studies utilizing available advanced technology, and partnerships with local, state, regional, and federal organizations and individuals. Activities include coordinating education and training programs on surface and ground water protection, land use and watershed management, and many others.
A new online network, composed of environmental practitioners across the Great Lakes Basin, is currently being developed to provide a forum for sharing tools, data, and innovative ideas. The Great Lakes Clean Communities Network (GLCCN), a multi-partner effort led by the Institute of Water Research at Michigan State University and funded by the Great Lakes Protection Fund, will help connect watershed groups, sustainability managers, environmental organizations, local governments, Universities and others to share knowledge, methods, and tools to address environmental issues specific to their area. The network will host a variety of online tools that help prioritize and maximize resources to address water quality and many other environmental concerns. These tools can also be used to generate new ideas and approaches for managing and minimizing a variety of negative impacts ranging from nonpoint source pollution to invasive species. An early version of the network will be available in 2014, but you can stay informed by signing up for our periodic newsletter at http://www.iwr.msu.edu/glccn/signup.htm. Once the network is online, you will receive an invitation to join, learn about, and share information on issues such as climate change, water quality, and other pressing environmental topics in your community. To learn more visit the project website at: http://www.iwr.msu.edu/glccn
Ruth Kline-Robach, Outreach Specialist in the Department of Community Sustainability and Institute of Water Research, received the 2013 Groundwater Management Professional of the Year award from the Michigan Water Environment Association at its annual conference this past summer. The award recognizes individuals for efforts in promoting activities and professionalism in groundwater management and groundwater protection issues.
Bernard and Phyllis Senske encountered many challenges over the years while operating a sheep farm in Kalkaska County, but water scarcity was not among them.
That changed earlier this year. Shortly after a Canadian firm attempted to hydraulically fracture a deep shale natural gas well nearby, the water table on the Senskes' property went down by 11 feet and discolored water flowed from their well.
"The water coming out of the faucet started getting milky after the gas company started drilling,"Bernard Senske said.
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The 16th webisode in our series has been rescheduled for November 13, 2013 10am CST/11amEST After each webcast we will post presentations on: http://www.epa.gov/region5/agriculture/nutrient.html We now have some of the webcast recordings up for viewing. For now they can be accessed through - http://www2.epa.gov/nutrient-policy-data/additional-resources
Click on the "EPA web cast" subheading. We will keep you updated as new webcast recordings are added. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Cyd Curtis at 312 353-6959 State Level Nutrient Reduction Strategies Webisode 16 Wisconsin's Nitrate Groundwater Initiative Brian Austin, WDNR Mary Ellen Vollbrecht, WDNR November 13 at 10-11:15 CST.
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