Graham Sustainability Institute

"Right-Sizing" Water Systems in Post-industrial Communities with Shrinking Populations

Credit: Qiuling ChenCommunities across the Great Lakes basin have experienced population declines that have left them with water infrastructure systems too large for their current needs and a shrinking tax base that limits resources and capacity for managing them.

This event will examine the issues, challenges, and barriers to "right-sizing" water infrastructure, reconfiguring these water systems and services to meet current and projected usage and population needs through existing or emerging strategies. Our speakers will explore some of the social, political, economic, and technical aspects to right-sizing with a discussion time to follow. Our speakers include:

  • Daniel Vicari, Executive Director, Gary Sanitary District (Indiana)
  • Margaret Dewar, Emeritus Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan
  • Mark Wyckoff, Director, Planning & Zoning Center, and Interim Director, Land Policy Institute, Michigan State University
Date & Time: 
Monday, October 9, 2017 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Great Lakes North Room, 4th Floor, Palmer Commons
Registration Deadline: 
Friday, October 6, 2017 - 10:00 am