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Water Quality

Septic Science is Key to Cleaner Water

Friday, January 15, 2021
View of a waters edge from the water point of view.

There are an estimated 1.3 million septic systems in Michigan state and at least 10 percent of them are failing, leaking contaminants into Michigan’s ground and surface waters,…

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Michigan Clean Water Corps To Be Administered By MSU Through New $1.7 Million Grant

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Great Lakes bathymetry map

The Michigan Clean Water Corps, a statewide network of volunteer programs for monitoring lake and stream water quality, will now be administered through MSU with a grant from…

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MSU Partners with Bowling Green State University on Algal Bloom Research

Friday, November 9, 2018
Lake Erie

Michigan State University is pleased to be one of nine universities partnering with Bowling Green State University (BGSU) on its recently announced Lake Erie Center for Oceans and…

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New Database of 50,000 Lakes’ Water Quality to Improve Policy

Monday, October 30, 2017
Patricia Soranno and Kendra Cheruvelil

To better understand the complex factors that threaten lake water quality, scientists need data on many lakes in various types of environmental settings. Unfortunately, much of the lake…

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Preserving Healthy Water Ecosystems

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
water on plant

Michigan, in many ways, is defined by water. The state boasts 11,037 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams, providing at least one…

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MSU’s WaterCube Funds Novel, Interdisciplinary Research

Friday, August 25, 2017

The MSU WaterCube Program stimulates new multidisciplinary collaborations and novel water research ideas with minimal investment of college funds and faculty time spent on developing internal grant proposals….

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MSU Water Research on Ornamental Crops Wins National Award

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Michigan State University-led research project focused on water conservation and improved water quality within the ornamental crops industry is the national recipient of the 2017 Experiment Station…

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MSU Researchers Explore Arctic Waters for Ecology Clues

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
MSU research associate Ben Abbott collects data from a mountain stream, Trevor Creek, to understand how different landscapes affect stream network structure and water chemistry.

As a graduate student, Jay Zarnetske spent two years doing research on the North Slope of Alaska, the last strip of land before reaching the Arctic Ocean. This…

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MSU Water Scientist Awarded World’s Top Water Prize

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Michigan State University professor Joan Rose is the 2016 recipient of the Stockholm Water Prize, announced today at the United Nation’s World Water Day celebration in Geneva. The…

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Pathogens Enter Great Lakes in Ballast Water

Monday, August 24, 2015

According to Joan Rose, Homer Nowlin Endowed Chair in Water Research at MSU, millions of tiny, dangerous microbes have been attacking native species in the Great Lakes for…

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