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This technical report examines the current state of affordability of water services (drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater) across the state of Michigan. The report presents quantitative analyses that are drawn from public source data. These are complemented by perspectives, insights, and personal experiences with water rates, bills, and utility management, gleaned from conversations with frontline community groups, water utilities, and state agency personnel. The report offers key considerations for policymakers developing solutions to Michigan’s water affordability crisis. The research was funded by the Mott Foundation.
This factsheet provides an overview of the current state of affordability of water services (drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater) across the state of Michigan. The factsheet is based on a technical report presenting quantitative analyses drawn from public source data alongside qualitative data gleaned from conversations with frontline community groups, water utilities, and state agency personnel. The research was funded by the Mott Foundation. The full report is available here.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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: www.myumi.ch/
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.
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.
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.