IWR Grants Program

The Institute of Water Research, a member of the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR), partners with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) through the provisions of the Water Resources Research Act to address water-related concerns by providing a national platform for research, training and collaboration. The USGS provides each institute with a grant to target local priorities, recruit researchers and leverage federal funds with state money and private funding. NIWR is the only federally mandated research program that focuses on applied water resource research, education, training and outreach.

Projects funded by the IWR address key priority issues within Michigan, such as nonpoint source pollution, water use and availability, and groundwater contamination. Projects funded are listed below by year. For further information on grant applications, contact iwr@msu.edu.


Integration of Additional Models into the Development of an Optimization Decision Model (ODM) for Strategically Allocating Resources and Conservation Practices to Benefit Multiple Ecological and Socioeconomic Endpoints
David Karpovich, Saginaw Valley State University; Vicki Anderson, Michigan State University

Microbial Water Pollution Source Characterization and Quantification at Sloan Creek
Irene Xagoraraki and Ruth Kline-Robach, Michigan State University


Assessing Co-Creation of Knowledge Generation and Diffusion Approaches
Stephen Gasteyer, Michigan State University

Citizen Monitoring of Chlorides in Drinking Water Using Newly Developed Apps and Online Mapping Program
Jon Bartholic and Yi Shi, Michigan State University; Graham Peaslee, Hope College

Improving Capacity to Collect Crowdsourced Hydrologic Data through Focused Engagement and Enhanced CrowdHydrology Software
Chris Lowry, State University of New York at Buffalo; Jeremiah Asher, Michigan State University


Statewide Groundwater Yield Estimates for Improved Mapping of Agricultural Irrigation Potential
David Lusch, Michigan State University


Landscape and lake characteristics driving the genetic and species diversity of aquatic plants
Kendra Spence Cheruvelil, Michigan State University; Joseph K. Bump, Michigan Technological University

Spatially distributed modeling of water and pollutant transport in the Great Lakes watersheds
Chansheng He, Western Michigan University

Water Quality and Nonpoint Source Disproportionality: Addressing the Structural Factors
Stephen Gasteyer, Michigan State University


Building a Transforming Framework for Resilient Policy Option and Water Resource Management for Michigan and Internationally
Karim Maredia and Jon MacDonagh-Dumler, Michigan State University

Developing Advanced Modeling Tools for Red Cedar Watershed Planning
Phanikumar Mantha and Yi Shi, Michigan State University

Interdisciplinary Water Science and Policy Modeling Workgroup
Jinhua Zhao, Michigan State University


Blueprint for integration of models into a Watershed Management Spatial Decision Support System
Yi Shi and Phanikumar Mantha, Michigan State University

Runoff Reduction Credits for Low Impact Development Facilities
Amirpouyan Nejadhashemi, Michigan State University