Center for Water and Society
Water, a most vital element...

Its presence and quality defines the success of every individual, community, and society.

“Water systems...can act as a powerfully unifying resource, so it is ironic to the point of absurdity that water education, management, and discourse are so fragmented. To truly assess water resources in their most holistic sense, one needs to include the many aspects of the hydrologic cycle, from meteorology to surface hydrology to soil sciences to groundwater to limnology to aquatic ecosystems. And that is just the physical system. One should also have an integral sense of the human dimensions, from economics to law to ethics to aesthetics to sociology and anthropology. Universities and management institutions are simply not organized along these lines; often they are fragmented to the point where even surface water and groundwater, quality and quantity, are separated out as if they were not inextricably inter-related.”

Aaron Wolf, Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, Oregon State University


The Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society (CWS) has been combined with the Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC). The functions of CWS are now operated through the GLRC, including Student Travel & Research grants, Seminar support, World Water Day events, the colloquium course, UN5100 Water and Society, and the graduate certificate in Sustainable Water Resources Systems.

GLRC Documents can be found at
Select: "About the Center", and "GLRC Institute Documents"

Member Resources for Faculty and Staff: Seminar Speaker Request form
Student Travel and Research Grant Applications

World Water Day Forms, Flyers, and Abstracts: these forms will be updated shortly for World Water Day 2018.

The GLRC webpage will be updated in the near future to the new webpage layout, and then we will be able to refresh content.

Link to Current Michigan Tech Water Newsletter - December 22, 2017

CWS Archived Events
     Fall 2015 - Summer 2016
     Fall 2014 - Summer 2015
     Fall 2013 - Summer 2014
     Fall 2012 - Summer 2013
     Fall 2011 - Summer 2012
     October 2010 - October 2011
     October 2009 - October 2010
     October 2008 - October 2009
     October 2007 - October 2008
     October 2006 - October 2007
     October 2005 - October 2006


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Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, Michigan, 49931-1295, USA

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