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Water Strategy

Program or Topic Area Leader

Emily Finnell

Goals

The Water Strategy is a 30-year plan for Michiganders to protect, manage, and enhance Michigan’s water resources for current and future generations. The Strategy identifies key actions for actors at many levels to promote healthy water resources. It is organized around nine goals and outcomes designed to ensure the viability and sustainability of Michigan’s water resources over time, placing Michigan on a path to achieving its water vision in a way that builds economic capacity while sustaining ecological integrity of this globally-significant resource.

Program Expertise

  • Physical — Hydrologic — Restoration / BMP
  • Physical — Hydrologic — Groundwater (supply, recharge, movement, modeling)
  • Physical — Hydrologic — Ground water to surface water interactions
  • Physical — Water Quality — Physical properties (temp., transmissivity, etc.)
  • Chemical — Water Quality (nutrients, pH, DO, etc.) — Predicting / Modeling trends
  • Chemical — Water Quality (nutrients, pH, DO, etc.) — Restoration / BMP
  • Chemical — Pollutants / Contaminants — Removal / Restoration / Remediation
  • Biological — Fish — Restoration / Conservation / BMP
  • Biological — General Community Structures — Habitat restoration
  • Biological — General Community Structures — Cumulative human impacts
  • Biological — Invasive Species — Control / Prevention
  • Biological — Invasive Species — Impacts (ecological and economic)
  • Biological — Harmful Algal Blooms — Management and restoration
  • Biological — Harmful Algal Blooms — Impacts (ecological and economic)
  • Human Dimensions — Blue Economy — Water technologies and services
  • Human Dimensions — Blue Economy — Tourism
  • Human Dimensions — Agricultural Connections — Nutrient run off
  • Human Dimensions — Agricultural Connections — Aquaculture
  • Human Dimensions — Water Infrastructure — Wastewater engineering and management
  • Human Dimensions — Water Infrastructure — Drinking water engineering and management
  • Human Dimensions — Water Infrastructure — Storm water engineering and management
  • Human Dimensions — Watershed Management — Structural and non-structural BMPs
  • Human Dimensions — Watershed Management — Cooperative planning
  • Human Dimensions — Water Quality Policy and Management — Local government policy and strategies

Primary Stakeholder Audience

  • Decision making community (Government at all levels)
  • Municipality managers and workers
  • Formal education audience

Program Focus

Inspire stewardship for clean water
Protect and restore aquatic ecosystems
Ensure clean and safe water
Invest in water infrastructure
Create vibrant waterfronts
Support water-based recreation
Promote water-based economies
Monitor water systems
Build governance tools