University of Michigan Water Center
U-M Water Center Update, March 2017
Aerial View of Ashtabula Ohio Port

In this Update: we provide resources from recent Water Center events; introduce a project that is tracking climate adaptation in US coastal communities; welcome participants to our new community of practice; and interview microbiologist Dr. Michele Swanson about her research on Legionella in Flint and beyond.

Jennifer Read
U-M Water Center


2017 Water@Michigan Presentations

The "lightning talk" video presentations and the presentation summaries from our University-wide forum are now available. This yearly event brings together U-M faculty with local and regional partners to share the latest on their water research programs.

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Water @Michigan 2017 Presenter

Tracking Climate Adaptation

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative, hosted by the Water Center, is collaborating with estuarine reserves in identifying successful climate adaptation. As part of these efforts, Dr. Susanne Moser is working closely with the NERRS to develop approaches to tracking climate change adaptation in reserves and other US coastal communities.

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Expert Insights

Recent Water Center panels brought together experts to discuss valuing ecosystem services and emerging water issues in Asia.

Event summaries are now available online for December’s panel discussion on Valuing Ecosystem Services and for February’s seminar on Eutrophication and Biodiversity in Indonesia and China.

Toxic Algal Bloom Research at U-M

Community of Practice

The Graham Sustainability Institute is exploring ways to connect and support U-M staff who facilitate outreach and engagement for sustainability topics.

A ‘community of practice’ group is forming to share ideas around common outreach topics, such as stakeholder analysis, event planning, and collaboration techniques. Please contact Lynn Vaccaro if this group is of interest to you.

 fresh water nutrient and sediment loads

Featured Projects

Saginaw Bay Optimization Decision Tool: Linking management options to multiple ecological benefits via integrated modeling

Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Framework (GLAHF)

Researchers developed a decision-support tool that directly connects Saginaw Bay watershed runoff to the areas of Saginaw Bay where excess sediment and nutrients most impact human and ecosystem uses.
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Environmental DNA-Based Quantification of Dreissenid Mussels and their Impact on Freshwater Bacterioplankton


A U-M research team conducted a study to determine the relative impacts of dreissenid mussels on bacterial communities.
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Assessing the Bioavailability of Hydrophobic Organic Contaminants (HOCs)

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Researchers from the University of Minnesota-Duluth applied new techniques to improve methods for assessing pollutant bioavailability for aquatic macroinvertebrates.
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Water Perspective:
An interview with Dr. Michele Swanson

Dr. Michele Swanson is Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the U-M School of Medicine. Dr. Swanson’s work on Legionella pneumophila has led her to serve on a team studying the 2014-2015 Legionella outbreak in Flint, Michigan.

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Dr. Michele Swanson

Upcoming Ecosystem Services Event

Please join us on March 28 for an interdisciplinary panel and discussion: Beyond Dollars and Cents: Non-Market Value of Ecosystem Services. The discussion will consider recent efforts by environmental and natural resource practitioners to price ecosystem services so that their value might be weighed in economic decisions in the global market.

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The U-M Water Center addresses critical and emerging water resource challenges through collaborative research projects. The Center is part of the Graham Sustainability Institute, which engages, empowers, and supports faculty, staff, and students from all U-M units and integrates this talent with external stakeholders to foster sustainability solutions at all scales. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are key to individual empowerment, and the advancement of sustainability knowledge, learning and leadership.

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