Monday, September 17 & 18, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center
6686 S. Center Highway
Traverse City,  MI  49684

 The registration fee is $175 (includes materials and Continental breakfast for both days). 
A scholarship of $100 are available to the first 25 people that register. To request a scholarship, send an email to:

Scholarship money is reimbursable based on
completion of program requirements..

Attendance during both days of the program is required.
Please register early as space is limited. Walk-In registrations will be taken only if space is available
(scholarships are not available to walk-ins).
Last day to register is September 10, 2018.

If you’re interested in learning about the many facets of water, its importance to our economy and environment, and what you as a local official or decision maker can do to protect this valuable resource, please plan to attend Michigan State University (MSU) Extension’s 2-day Water School: Essential Resources for Local Officials. The MSU Extension Water School is a joint project between MSU Extension and Michigan Sea Grant.

MSU Extension Water School is a policy-neutral, fact-based program. The objective of the two-day program is to provide local decision makers and appointed and elected officials with critical, relevant information needed to understand Michigan’s water resources, including the fundamentals of water science, in order to support sound water management decisions and increase awareness of current and future local and state water issues. As an elected or appointed official, you are a valued leader with a unique opportunity to make important decisions regarding the future of our water resources.

Water School features both in-class presentations and interactive learning demonstrations along with a field-tour. The program will include sessions on a) water quantity; b) water quality; c) economics, finance, and planning; and d) water policy issues. Relevant topics presented as part of this course include:

  • Michigan’s Blue Economy
  • Local water issues
  • Water quantity and groundwater availability in Michigan
  • Dealing with water quality issues affecting the waters of Michigan
  • Critical connections to Michigan’s Water Strategy
  • Fiscal benefits of water management
  • How to incorporate water into local planning and placemaking
  • Risk management approaches
  • Water policy at the federal, tribal, state and local levels
  • Online Toolkit to help address water problems

The field-tour session will enhance the classroom content by highlighting innovative green infrastructure and low impact development practices in the Northwest Michigan area.

Program speakers represent staff educators and faculty from MSU Extension, MSU, and local experts. 

Program Agenda:
Day 1, Monday September 17, 2018 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m.- Registration and Check-in; Breakfast
9:00 a.m.- Welcome and Introductions
9:30 a.m. - Local Issues Panel
10:45 a.m. - Break
11 a.m. - Water Quantity
12:30 p.m. - Lunch
1:15 p.m. - Water Quality
2:45 p.m. - Water Jeopardy
3:15 p.m.- Economics, Finance and Planning
5:00 p.m. - Adjourn

Day 2, Tuesday September 18, 2018 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - Breakfast, Registration and Check-in
9:00 a.m. - Water Policy and Water School Toolkit
11:15 a.m.- Bus Tour, including lunch
5:00 p.m. - Adjourn

Question about the program?

Bindu Bhakta, Natural Resources Extension Educator,, 248-858-5198
Terry Gibb, Public Policy/Natural Resources Extension Educator,, 586-469-6053
Emily Proctor, Tribal Extension Educator,, 231-439-8927
Mark Breederlander, Michigan Sea Grant Extension Educator,, 231-922-4628


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For assistance with registration, contact Maureen Prisbe at the Michigan State University Extension Macomb County at 586-469-6440 or