Water School: Essential Resources for Local Officials Webinar Series

October 8 & 22, November 5 & 19
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

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? Plan to attend Michigan State University (MSU) Extension’s Water School: Essential Resources for Local Officials Webinar Series. The MSU Extension Water School is a joint project between MSU Extension and Michigan Sea Grant.

This series is free, but registration is required to receive the Zoom webinar link. 

MSU Extension Water School is a policy-neutral, fact-based program. The objective of the 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.

Relevant topics presented as part of this course include:
  • Michigan’s Blue Economy
  • 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
  • Risk management approaches
  • Water policy at the federal, tribal, state and local levels
  • Online Toolkit to help address water problems

Session Dates:

Water Quantity: Oct. 8, 2020 Presented by: Ruth Kline- Robach, Academic Specialist; Institute for Water Research 

Water Quality: Oct. 22, 2020 Presented by: Erick Elgin, Water Resource Extension educator 

Water Economics & Planning: Nov. 5, 2020 Presented by: Steve Safferman, MSU Department of Biosystems and Agriculture Engineering & Brad Neuman, Land Use Planning Extension educator

Water Policy: Nov. 19, 2020 Presented by: Terry Gibb, Water Resource Management & Public Policy Extension Educator & Harmony Fierke-Gmazel, Government and Community Vitality Extension educator

Registration will stay open throughout the series. 
Participant Registration

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

Participant Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on November 18, 2020.

There are 196 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.