A gathering table for U-M researchers and communities that have been disproportionately affected by historic inequities to develop just, equitable, and sustainable approaches that address community water priorities.
The Water@Michigan Collaborative’s mission is to work with communities that have been disproportionately affected by historic inequities in order to develop just, equitable, and sustainable approaches that address their water priorities.
Initially, we are working with black, indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC) communities in Michigan. These communities are inextricably linked to Michigan’s industrial past, and as a consequence have suffered issues such as unsafe or unaffordable drinking water, neighborhood flooding, surface water pollution from legacy contaminants, and the general suppressive disengagement from water-based enjoyment, just to name a few. As many federal and state efforts to restore the health of Great Lakes waterways are in motion, it is imperative that the needs and voices of BIPOC are represented in the efforts to revitalize their environments and neighborhoods.
Our approach to working with communities begins by understanding and acknowledging the expertise and knowledge that exists within each community.
Our process brings together the university’s multi-disciplinary water network to co-produce new knowledge about water with community end-users.
To kick off the Water@Michigan Collaborative, we will host multiple Listening Sessions with community partners.