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Great Lakes Water Indicators
Fact Sheet, Tool/Model

This one-page guide sheet is designed to help regional leaders and advocates develop and promote management policy decisions related to drinking water. It identifies a suite of seven indicators across four important aspects of drinking water: affordability, reliability, quality, and public perception. The research was funded by the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation.

June 2021
Lead and Copper rule - Resident perspective

What Changed with Michigan’s 2018 Lead and Copper Rule?

Prior to the adoption of the new Michigan Lead and Copper Rule in June 2018, Michigan’s requirements were consistent with the federal Lead and Copper Rule. The new Michigan rule includes targeted changes that are detailed here.

May 2021
Michigan Statewide Water Affordability Assessment
Fact Sheet

The University of Michigan Water Center, Michigan State University Extension, and Safe Water Engineering are analyzing water affordability across the state of Michigan. Through targeted conversations with frontline community groups, water utilities, and state agency personnel, the project team is soliciting perspectives on affordability to illustrate the challenges faced by all stakeholders in confronting affordability in their communities. The resulting analysis will quantify the extent of drinking water affordability concerns across the state of Michigan at the household level and will explore important aspects of the affordability landscape by documenting the various challenges faced by utilities in providing safe and affordable water services—drinking, waste, and stormwater.

April 2021
Publication Cover
Paper/Project Report


From Michigan EGLE: Governor Whitmer Takes Action to Shut Down the Line 5 Dual Pipelines through the Straits of Mackinac After a Reasonable Transition Period to Protect the State's Energy Needs

PI David Schwab in the Detroit News: "This action is based on sound scientific evidence that the continued operation of the pipelines poses an unacceptable level of risk to the health and safety of residents of Michigan."

Read Whitmer moves to shut down Enbridge's Line 5

March 2016

November 2020
NEW-GI Impact Report
Paper/Project Report

Neighborhood, Environment, and Water Research Collaborations for Green Infrastructure (NEW-GI) developed and assessed green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) innovations that more fully serve residents of legacy cities. The project envisioned and tested GSI designs for vacant residential property in Detroit, MI. This project impact report outlines the key findings and products that emerged from the project and uses quotes to demonstrate some of the impacts the work is having for stormwater practice and policy.

To learn more about the project visit:

November 2020
Watershed Assessment Detroit River Lake Erie
Paper/Project Report

This collaborative research project characterized the phosphorus sources and evaluated management options for the St. Clair-Detroit River watershed to inform actions under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The team developed four computer models to simulate the dynamics of this complex, binational watershed. A diverse project advisory group provided critical feedback on the policy context, planned research approach, and resulting products, and advisory group members have helped share project findings with their networks. This project impact report outlines the key findings and products that emerged from the project and uses quotes from the advisory group to demonstrate some of the impacts the work is having for practice and policy.

October 2020
Lake Huron’s Phosphorus Contributions
Paper/Project Report

This report summarizes the group discussions and priorities that emerged from a workshop hosted by the University of Michigan Water Center and the University of Waterloo’s Water Institute with guidance from U.S. and Canadian representatives of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Annex 4 Committee. The workshop was held in Windsor, Ontario in December 2019. Its purpose was to explore recent findings about phosphorus loadings from Lake Huron to the St. Clair River and identify next steps for priority research areas.

To learn more about the project and other related products, visit the project webpage.

October 2020
A proposed unified framework to describe the management of biological invasions
Paper/Project Report

Managing the impacts of invasive alien species (IAS) is a great societal challenge. A wide variety of terms have been used to describe the management of invasive alien species and the sequence in which they might be applied. This variety and lack of consistency creates uncertainty in the presentation and description of management in policy, science and practice. The existing description of the invasion process to develop an IAS management framework was expanded. This paper defines the different forms of active management using a novel approach based on changes in species status, avoiding the need for stand-alone descriptions of management types, and provide a complete set of potential management activities.

June 2020
Paper/Project Report

The Laurentian Great Lakes are vulnerable to aquatic invasive species (AIS) which can affect native species by out-competing them for food and destroy their habitat. Historically, AIS have also impacted commercial and recreational activities in the region causing significant monetary costs. To date, approaches to managing invasive species have most often been reactive, rather than proactive, and implemented inconsistently across jurisdictions. In order to have an effective invasive species response, the authors conclude that agencies must have a plan that's coordinated with and integrated into a regional approach, possess or have access jointly to the necessary infrastructure and equipment, and be authorized and prepared to act collectively at appropriate scales. | Project Website

October 2019
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Paper/Project Report

Joan Iverson Nassauer, Natalie R. Sampson, Noah J. Webster, Margaret Dewar, Shawn McElmurry, G. Allen Burton Jr., & Catherine Riseng.

Report topic:
A summary of refereed literature that addresses social and environmental performance and governance of GSI, and results of NEW-GI’s analyses of the performance of bioretention garden pilot sites in Detroit’s Warrendale neighborhood. This report integrates assessments of water quality, stormwater flows, residents’ preferences, neighborhood well-being, and the maintenance characteristics of 18 different design alternatives for GSI on vacant property in residential neighborhoods.

August 2019