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
Fiscal Year 2015 Announcement: Announcement No. G15AS00019, under Section 104(g) of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984, as Amended November 24, 2014. Closing Dates 5:00 PM, Eastern Time, February 19, 2015 (Investigators) 5:00 PM, Eastern Time, March 12, 2015 (Approved by Institutes).
The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources requests proposals for matching grants to support research on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation's water supply, including evaluation of innovative approaches to water treatment, infrastructure design, retrofitting, maintenance, management, and replacement; exploration and advancement of our understanding of changes in the quantity and quality of water resources in response to a changing climate, population shifts, and land use changes; development of methods for better estimation of water supply, both surface and groundwater, including estimation of the physical supply and of the economic supply of water; development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms for integrated surface/ground water management; and the evaluation and assessment of conservation practices. Any investigator at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible to apply for a grant through a Water Research Institute or Center established under the provisions of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984, as amended (http://water.usgs.gov/wrri/institutes.html). Proposals involving substantial collaboration between the USGS and university scientists are encouraged. Proposals may be for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration and may request up to $250,000 in federal funds. Successful applicants must match each dollar of the federal grant with one dollar from non-federal sources. Proposals must be filed on the Internet at https://niwr.net/ by 5:00 PM, Eastern Time, Thursday, February 19, 2015 and must be approved for submission to the National Competitive Grants Program not later than 5:00 PM, Eastern Time, Thursday, March 12, 2015 by the Institute or Center through which they were submitted. The SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance) and SF-424B (Assurances) portion of the application package must be submitted through the Internet site at http://www.grants.gov not later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Thursday, March 12, 2015 by the university at which the Institute or Center is located. Funds have not yet been appropriated for this program for FY 2015. The Government's obligation under this program is contingent upon the availability of funds.
2015 Michigan Watershed Summit, When: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, Where: Eagle Eye Banquet Facility, East Lansing, MI
Registration is $25 for all participants.
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Applications are now being accepted for the Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute. Each of us has a role to play in protecting Michigan's magnificent lakes and streams. Are you ready to play your part? If so, the Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute is looking for you! We invite you to apply for the Class of 2015. As an Institute participant, you will increase your understanding of lake and stream science and management, and learn leadership skills necessary to work through the sometimes challenging issues surrounding lake and stream protection. You will gain an understanding of the regulatory landscape, the organizations and agencies that guide water resource management in Michigan, and learn how to develop productive partnerships. The Institute employs a combination of classroom activities, field experiences, and independent work over three sessions in May (two days at the DNR Conference Center in Roscommon), July (two days at Kellogg Biological Station near Kalamazoo), and October (one day in Lansing). Instructors are leaders and experts in their fields including university faculty, agency professionals, and leaders of non-profit organizations. The Institute is a partnership program offered by Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc., and the MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. The application deadline is March 30, 2015.
Tuition for the 2015 Institute is $375, and includes all materials, meals, field trips, boats, and overnight lodging. Limited scholarships are available. For application forms and more information about the 2015 Institute, visit the website: http://goo.gl/zec62q, or visit MSU Extension (http://msue.anr.msu.edu) and search for "LSLI". You can also contact the Institute Director, Dr. Jo Latimore, at MSU (email@example.com or 517-432-1491).