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 was a featured exhibit at the 2017 AutumnFest hosted by the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Our team had a great time educating visitors about nonpoint source pollution and water quality improvements in the Red Cedar River. See you next year!
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.
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.