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Great Lakes talk Green Infrastructure

Great Lakes water professionals convened in Detroit to hold the first ever Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference. Learn more about the conference here.

A look at MSU’s Green Roofs

Find out how MSU researchers are improving green roof design at MSU in this Be Spartan Green article.

EPA releases new study examining groundwater recharge benefits from green infrastructure

The study found that installing green infrastructure can be a cost-savings measure when it comes to maintaining groundwater levels. Learn more about the study here.

Apply for MSU’s Green Certification Program

The Spartan Green Certification program supports units on campus that are taking steps to reduce their environmental impact. Applications are due by March 3, 2017. Learn more about the program.

Storm Water and Cigarette Butts – Environmental Benefits from MSU’s Ban on the Use of Tobacco Products

Find out how the smoking ban will help improve water quality by reading the story here.

Calling all MSU Students: Join the Fountain Challenge

Student teams compete for a $15,000 grand prize to redesign drinking fountains. Proposals for Phase I are due Feb. 10, 2017. More information is available at

Launch of Water Moves MSU

Learn about this new initiative to inform the greater Spartan community about water resources issues through research, art and outreach. Read about the launch here.

2015 Michigan State University Water Quality Report available

The report describes the source and quality of drinking water on campus. Find out more here.

Bay Area Students Learn about Storm Water

With the help of MSU Extension, over 150 students in Bay County, MI, painted rain barrels and learned about the importance of storm water management. Read the story here.

New Storm Water Practices and Maintenance Core Course

A collaborative group of storm water educators developed a free online course that covers core concepts of storm water management and best practices for communicating the importance of storm water management to community stakeholders. The course is available here.

Delta Institute releases green infrastructure toolkit

The toolkit features a decision framework for selecting appropriate green infrastructure practices as well as downloadable design templates for practices.

 $80 billion needed to improve wastewater infrastructure in the U.S.

The “2012 Clean Watershed Needs Survey“, prepared by the EPA, assesses the state of wastewater infrastructure in the U.S. and estimates the capital investments needed to maintain standards within the Clean Water Act.

Public Comment open on proposed EPA rule

EPA released a proposed Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit remand rule earlier this year. Public comment is open until March 21. Learn more here.

New report assesses benefits and costs of using graywater and storm water to supplement water supplies

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently released a report that explored the potential to use graywater and storm water for various nonpotable uses. Read the report.

Reducing the Cost of Green Infrastructure

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Healing fractured water: How Michigan’s roadways impact our waterways

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United Nations Environment Programme Promotes Green Infrastructure Guide for Water Management

Read the guide

Turning vacant lots into assets: new guide from Detroit Future City

Learn more

EPA releases Green Infrastructure Wizard

Check out the tool

MSU’s Wellhead Protection Program earns top award

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New EPA electronic reporting rule could save $22.6 million annually

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Red Cedar River Watershed Management Plan Approved by EPA, September 22, 2015

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Celebrate our Rivers – Promoting river stewardship on the Michigan Princess

See pictures from the event

Protecting and Preserving Our Shared Water Resources

Be Spartan Green highlights MSU’s commitment to improved water quality

Participate in the EPA’s Campus RainWorks Challenge

Registration Opens September 1, 2015

Michigan 30-Year Water Strategy Released for Comment

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Communities use “green infrastructure” to adapt to climate change

Listen to the Michigan Radio Environment Report

EPA Office of Sustainable Communities Publishes Green Infrastructure Guidebook

Enhancing Sustainable Communities with Green Infrastructure

In New Drainage Projects, Long-Buried Urban Streams See the Light Again

Innovative techniques that mimic nature help restore open waterways, prevent pollution, and create habitats for animals

EPA Launches Broad Collaborative of External Stakeholders to Advance Green Infrastructure

EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program and the White House Council on Environmental Quality launched a broad collaborative of external stakeholders to advance green infrastructure implementation:

EPA Green Infrastructure Collaborative

MSU Farms Recognized for Being Environmentally Friendly

Recently, three research farms on the campus of Michigan State University (MSU) were verified under the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). Responsible land management on the south campus farms is an important component of MSU’s Storm Water Management Program and Wellhead Protection Program. For more information, see the article below:

MSU Farms Receive MAEAP Verification

Grand Rapids Airport Constructing System to Treat Storm Water Runoff

Airport Storm Water Treatment

Where Does Storm Water Go?

Water WoRDs – Updates from the DEQ Water Resources Division

Learn how storm drains work and how they are regulated

Be Septic Smart

Sept. 22-26, 2014 is SepticSmart Week! EPA is holding its second annual SepticSmart Week to encourage homeowners to get SepticSmart and properly maintain their septic systems:

Green Roofs at MSU Help Manage Storm Water Runoff

University uses rooftop space to furnish innovative environments, create sustainable atmosphere

MSU Students take second place honors in 2013 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) storm water competition

The Campus RainWorks Challenge engages students and faculty members at colleges and universities to apply green infrastructure principles and design, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, and increase the use of green infrastructure on campuses across the nation.
Learn more about the competition

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