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


Friday, December 5, 2008
National Wildlife Federation presents…
“Mining Madness, Water Wars: The Great Lakes in the Balance”
A documentary film about the push for a sulfide mine in Marquette County
Jamrich Hall, Room 103 7:00 pm
Northern Michigan University

Thursday, December 11, 2008
John Griebel, MS Industrial Archaeology
Pat Martin, Advisor
"A Cultural Landscape Report of the Nonesuch Mine, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park"
Academic Offices 201 11:30 am

Friday, December 12, 2008
Timothy Wilson, MS Biological Sciences
Nancy Auer, Advisor
"Understanding Optimal Conditions for Hatch and Growth of Young Lake Sturgeon"
ROTC Blue Room 2:00 pm

Friday, November 21, 2008
Dr. Sue Eggert, Research Aquatic Ecologist
Center for Research on Ecosystem Change
Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service

“The stream and its valley: small streams as integrators of the landscape”
DOW 642 2:00 pm
Sponsored by CWS, Biological Sciences, and the Visiting Women & Minority Lecture/Scholar Series

Monday, December 1, 2008
Albert Galicinao, Phil DePetro, Brandon Ellefson , CEE
“Engineering Approaches to Remediation of Mercury Pollution in Onondaga Lake, New York”
DOW 642 3:00 pm

Friday, November 21, 2008
Emily Owens, MS Environmental Engineering
James Mihelcic, Advisor
“Material Flow Analysis for Kayangel State, Republic of Palau: Solid Waste Management on a Small Pacific Island”
DOW 875 9:00 am

Friday, November 14, 2008
Anna Colvin, MS Geology
Bill Rose, Advisor
Crater Lake Evolution During Volcanic Unrest: Case Study of the 2005 Phreatic Eruption at Santa Ana Volcano, El Salvador”
EERC B011 10:00 am

Monday, November 17, 2008
Joshua Cowden, PhD Environmental Engineering
David Watkins, Advisor
“The Impacts of Global Change on West Africa and Potential Planning and Adaptation Measures for Urban Slum Communities”
DOW 875 10:00 am

Wednesday, November 5, 2008
essie Vital, MS Forest Ecology & Management
Ann Maclean, Advisor
“Land Use/Cover Change Using Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems: Pic Macaya National Park, Haiti”
Forestry 146 11:00 am

Monday, November 3, 2008
Larry Deaton, Director of Operations & Hydro Data Management
South Florida Water Management District, Florida
"Current Research Activities and Opportunities in Water Resource Management"
ME-EM 208 10:00 am

Monday, October 20, 2008

Will Steger, Polar Explorer
"The Longest Summer Tour"
Rozsa Center 7:30 p.m.
His talk is free and open to the public

Video or Audio Presentation of Dave Dempsey's talk given on Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Dave Dempsey, Great Lakes Policy Advisor for Clean Water Action *
"Great Lakes Water: Commodity or Commons?
The Great Lakes Compact in the Context of Global Water Scarcity"

Monday, October 6, 2008
Judith Perlinger, CEE Department Professor
"S-STEM Program: Graduate Student Scholarships to Advance a Global Outlook of Economic and Social Prosperity that Protects the Environment"
Dow Building Room 642 3:00 pm

Governance and Valuation of Great Lakes Water for the 21st Century

A Symposium sponsored by
The Center for Water & Society and the Environmental Engineering Seminar Series

*Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative supported by Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative with funding from
Great Lakes Fisheries Trust and Wege Foundation.

Symposium Schedule (pdf)...

Friday, September 26, 2008
John Austin, Executive Director
The New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan (NEI)
"Healthy Waters, Strong Economy: The Benefits of Restoring the Great Lakes Ecosystem"
DOW 642 3:00-4:00 pm

Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Dave Dempsey, Great Lakes Policy Advisor for Clean Water Action *
"Great Lakes Water: Commodity or Commons?
The Great Lakes Compact in the Context of Global Water Scarcity"

M&M U113 12:00-1:00 pm
Dave's additional activities at MTU...

Pat Norris, Guyer-Seevers Chair in Natural Resource Conservation, MSU
Saichon Seedang, post-doc, MSU Institute of Water Research
"Institutional Context for Water Use Decisions and Policy Innovations in Michigan"
DOW 610 3:00-4:00 pm

Thursday, October 2, 2008
John F. Raffensperger, Univ. of Canterbury, New Zealand
"Generalized Smart Markets for Water Resources"
DOW 642 3:00-4:00 pm

Friday, September 19, 2008
Chris Trefry, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
“Floodgates for Mississippi River”
Dow Building Room 642 3:00 pm

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008
Workshop: Road Improvement and Stream Crossing Techniques for Private Forest Landowners
School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Ford Center and Research Forest Located on US-41, Alberta
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Workshop Flyer..

Monday, September 8, 2008
Dr. Paul Doskey, CEE/SFRES
"Process-Scale Research to Sustain Earth's Natural Resources"
DOW 642 3:00 pm

Friday, September 5, 2008
Lake Superior Binational Forum
"Chemical Pollution: From Cleaning up the Torch Lake Area of Concern to Preventing Pollution with Safe Lawn Management Practices"
Best Western Franklin Square Inn, Portage Room 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Houghton, MI
meeting agenda (pdf)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Andrea Munoz-Hernandez, MS Environmental Engineering
Alex Mayer, Advisor
“Integrated Water Resources Management for the Yaqui Basin, Sonora, Mexico”
DOW 875 9:30 am

Monday, August 25, 2008
Maureen Habarth, MS Environmental Engineering
Brian Barkdoll, Advisor
“Hydrologic Modeling and Flood Frequency Analysis of the Sonora River Watershed in Sonora, Northwest Mexico”
DOW 875 1:00 pm

Thursday, August 21, 2008
Andrew Burgess (biological sciences)
"Relationships Among Habitat Conditions and Macro-invertebrate Community Composition Across Headwater Streams of Selectively Logged Northern Watershed"
ROTC Blue Room, 10:00 a.m.

Monday, August 11, 2008
Meredith Ballard, MS Environmental Engineering
Brian Barkdoll, Advisor
"Performance and System Analysis of Wastewater Treatment Systems and Potable Water in Rural Bolivia"
DOW 875, 10:00 am

Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Khila Raj Dahal, MS Environmental Policy
Brad Baltensperger, Advisor
"Risk and Hazard: Perception of Glacial Lake Outburst Flooding form Tsho Rolpa Lake, Nepal"
ROTC Blue Room 10:00 am

Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Linda Kersten, MS Environmental Engineering
Alex Mayer, Advisor
"Huron Creek Watershed Management Plan"
DOW 875 9:30 am

Thursday, July 17, 2008 - Seminar Announcment
Eric Peterson, Centre for Marine Studies
University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia
“ASTER bathymetry in computational fluid dynamic simulation of Rongelap Atoll hydrodynamics, Marshall Islands”
DOW 875, 2:00 pm

June 14, 2008 - ISSRM CWS Undergraduate Presentation
Joe Dammel, Environmental Engineering undergrad sponsored by CWS
Lake Superior’s Vulnerability to Global Environmental Problems
2008 ISSRM (International Symposium on Society & Resource Management)
University of Vermont

June 13, 2008 - ASLO Outstanding Student Presentation Award
Cory McDonald, CEE PhD candidate and CWS student member
"An Information-Theoretic Approach to Aquatic Biogeochemical Modeling"
ASLO (American Society of Limnology and Oceanography) Summer Meeting 2008
St. John's, Newfoundland

4/24/2008: CWS Sponsored Lecture

Thursday, April 24, 2008
Colin Brooks, Research Scientist, MTRI
“The connection between land use / land cover and water quality in the agricultural Upper Tiffin River watershed of southeastern Michigan”
EERC 100 at 3:00 pm

World Water Day - Poster and Art Competition Winners

Research Poster - 1st Place: Andrea Munoz Hernandez (CEE)
The Impacts of Climate Change and Variability on Water Resources in a Semi Arid Region in Mexico:
The Rio Yaqui-Basin...

Research Poster - 2nd Place: Kevin Endsley, Sylvia Espino, Josh Richardson (GMES)
Groundwater Investigation Using Resistivity Surveys on a Terminal Moraine, Bering Glacier...

Research Poster - 3rd Place: Stacey Pilling (SS)
Pesticide Exposure in the Yaqui Valley: Perceptions and Realities of the Green Revolution...

Art: Watercolor - 1st Place: Valerie Fuchs (CEE)
Cavus Exploratus (the water beneath)

Art: Photography - 1st Place: Stacey Pilling (SS)
Salto de Agua...
(Image is copyrighted by artist)

Art: Photography - 2nd Place: Bode Morin (SS)
(Image is copyrighted by artist)

World Water Day, March 24th, 2008 -

7:00 p.m.
"The Great Lakes Water Wars"
Author & Lecturer: Peter Annin, Associate Director
Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources

March 24th, 2008 - Rozsa Center - 7:00 p.m.
Book Signing following lecture.


Book Press Release...

Publicity Poster...

Other 2008 World Water Day Events

9:00 - 5:00  CWS Research Poster and Art Competitions - March 24, 2008
Memorial Union Ballroom A

2:30 - 4:00  Demonstration of Watercolor Techniques
Memorial Union Ballroom A (Lobby)

4:00 p.m.    “Temperature in the Great Lakes”
Jay Austin, Assistant Professor
Large Lakes Observatory, Department of Physics
University of Minnesota, Duluth

Minerals & Materials Bldg, U113
Sponsored by the Michigan Tech Remote Sensing Seminar Series

PDF of "Call for Posters and Artwork" flyer...

Registration forms and submission guidelines are now available...

November 13, 2007 - MTU Sustainability Faculty Hiring Initiative advertisement...

October 8, 2007 - CWS Sponsors Public Lecture
      Thomas E. Croley II, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
     "Great Lakes Hydrology Modeling with the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction System" (abstract...)
      DOW 642, 3:00 p.m.

October 5, 2007 - MTRI Lecture and Poster Session
      Colin Brooks, Research Scientist and Manager of Environmental Science Laboratory, MTRI
     "Using web-based decision support systems to understand the impacts of contamination on
      Great Lakes rivers and human health"
     M&M (building 12), room U113 at 2:00 p.m.

      Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) poster presentations
      Fisher Hall on the first floor near the Aftermath Café (9:00 to 11:30 AM) and (1:30 to 4:30 PM)

September 24, 2007 - CWS Sponsors Public Lecture
      Melvyn Visser, Chemical Engineer, MTU Class of 1959
     "Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the Great Lakes:
      Evolution of the Understanding of their Source and Transport" (abstract...)

September 19-20, 2007 - Workshop on the State of the Upper Peninsula’s Water Quality
      Great Lakes Environmental & Molecular Sciences Center (GLEAMS)
      Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI)

      Memorial Union Building (MUB), Ballrooms A&B (agenda...)

September 20, 2007 - Michigan Technological University Sustainability Faculty Hiring Initiative...

September 13, 2007 - CWS Co-sponsors a Community Workshop
A Workshop for Shoreline Communities: Living Beside the "Big" Lake for Cities of Houghton & Hancock ...

May 24, 2007 - List of Water Related Courses Added to CWS Education Web Page...

CWS Archived Events
     October 2006 - October 2007
     October 2005 - October 2006


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