Combining research, education, technology and outreach capabilities, the Michigan State University Institute of Water Research (IWR) is committed to addressing our most pressing water problems and providing smarter water management for a multitude of stakeholders.
IWR and partners released Michigan EnviroImpact, an online tool that provides users with regularly updated forecasts for surface manure runoff risk. The tool allows users to create email and text message alerts that notify them of significant predicted runoff risk events. Additionally, the tool provides a seven-day forecast for runoff risk at any location in Michigan. EnviroImpact is a collaborative effort between the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service (NWS), the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program, the Michigan State University Institute of Water Research, Michigan Sea Grant and MSU Extension. Michigan EnviroImpact is part of the larger Regional Runoff Risk Advisory System being developed by the NWS, which currently includes Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Check out EnviroImpact at www.enviroimpact.iwr.msu.edu. See MDARD's press release here.
Staff from the Institute of Water Research presented three online tools at the 2017 International Association of Great Lakes Research Conference held in Detroit, MI. Jason Piwarski, along with partners from Michigan Sea Grant and MSU Extension shared the recently launched Michigan EnviroImpact manure application forecasting tool. Laura Young highlighted how the Michigan Sensitive Areas Identification System and the Great Lakes Watershed Management System empower farmers and partners of agriculture to prioritize, plan and track conservation treatments.
A bulletin on A Guide to Home Water Treatment is now available. The 8-page Extension bulletin discusses various home treatment systems to help reduce contaminants such as heavy metals, inorganic compounds, and pathogens. The bulletin discusses the pros and cons of systems such as Reverse Osmosis and membrane filtration, granular activated carbon, distillation, Ozonation and chlorination, ultra-violet radiation, bulk water systems, and water softeners. It also provides a buyer’s checklist and a link to state certified labs. The bulletin was updated and revised from an older Extension bulletin and was authored by Ruth Kline-Robach, Lois Wolfson, Susan Masten, Darren Bagley, Terry Gibb, and Bindu Bhakta. Click here to download the bulletin.
Darrell W. Donahue, chair of the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering since July 2015, has been named director of the Michigan State University’s Institute of Water Research (IWR). His appointment is effective immediately.
He replaces Jon Bartholic who retired Jan. 31, after having served as IWR director since 1983 and IWR acting director since 1978.
Donahue, who will continue his role as department chair in addition to IWR director, has recently worked in the realm of food safety, lending his expertise in statistics, modeling and simulation to issues related with chemical and microbial risk assessment. He served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in 2007-2008 at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where he focused on security and health affairs. He continues to consult with the government on security issues related to risk assessment.
Additionally, he has served on three National Academy of Sciences and international panels addressing food safety and currently serves as a consultant on two World Health Organization food safety committees.
Prior to coming to MSU in 2015, Donahue served as vice president of operations and research director at Maine Maritime Academy.
He began his academic career in 1995 at the University of Maine where he served as professor of chemical engineering, associate director of the Forest Bioproducts Research Institute and was affiliated with the Maine Water Research Institute. Prior to that, he was a process engineer with a private company for nine years while earning his graduate degrees.
Donahue earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from North Carolina State University. He is an outdoors person who grew up on a farm in North Carolina.