Greater Lansing Regional Committee for Storm Water Management Newsletters and Annual Reports
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 fountainchallenge.msu.edu.
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
Healing fractured water: How Michigan’s roadways impact our waterways
United Nations Environment Programme Promotes Green Infrastructure Guide for Water Management
Turning vacant lots into assets: new guide from Detroit Future City
EPA releases Green Infrastructure Wizard
MSU’s Wellhead Protection Program earns top award
New EPA electronic reporting rule could save $22.6 million annually
Red Cedar River Watershed Management Plan Approved by EPA, September 22, 2015
Celebrate our Rivers – Promoting river stewardship on the Michigan Princess
Protecting and Preserving Our Shared Water Resources
Participate in the EPA’s Campus RainWorks Challenge
Michigan 30-Year Water Strategy Released for Comment
Communities use “green infrastructure” to adapt to climate change
EPA Office of Sustainable Communities Publishes Green Infrastructure Guidebook
In New Drainage Projects, Long-Buried Urban Streams See the Light Again
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:
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:
Grand Rapids Airport Constructing System to Treat Storm Water Runoff
Where Does Storm Water Go?
Water WoRDs – Updates from the DEQ Water Resources Division
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
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