Water School: Essential Resources for Local Officials -- Rouge River Watershed

Sept. 26 & 27, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Northville Township Hall
44405 6 Mile Road
Northville, MI 48168

Registration is $175 (includes materials and continental breakfast both days). Thanks to the generous support of the Erb Family Foundation and Pure Oakland Water scholarships are available. To request scholarship info, send an email to: bohling@msu.edu.

Attendance during both days of the program is required.
Please register early as space is limited. Last day to register is Sept. 16, 2019.

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.

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

Tentative Program Agenda:
Day 1, Sept. 26, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - Registration and Check-in; Breakfast
9 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 p.m. - Adjourn

Day 2, Sept. 27, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - Breakfast, Registration and Check-in
9 a.m. - Water Policy and Water School Toolkit
11:15 a.m. - Bus Tour, including lunch
5 p.m. - Adjourn

Cancellation/Refund Policy

  • Full refund available if requested by 11:59 p.m. Sept 9, 2019
  • Refund of $125 if requested Sept 10 – 15, 2019
  • No refunds Sept 16, 2019 and later.
Participant Registration

Participant Registration for Water School: Essential Resources for Local Officials is open.

Participant Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on September 16, 2019.

There are 16 openings available.

Speaker or Team Member Registration

Speaker/Resource Registration for Water School: Essential Resources for Local Officials is open.

Speaker/Resource Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on September 16, 2019.

There are 16 openings available.


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 Mary Bohling at 313-410-9431 or bohling@msu.edu. For program information, contact Sally Petrella at 734-927-4904 or spetrella@therouge.org.