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    Welcome to IWR

    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.
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    IWR offering featured demo at MSU Science Festival

    Join IWR at the MSU Science Festival on April 8 to create your own edible ice cream aquifer and learn about the water underground. IWR staff are returning to this year’s Festival to offer two sessions of this popular […]
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    New Director and Assistant Director Named at IWR

    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). He replaces Jon Bartholic who retired Jan. 31, after having […]
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    Congratulations to Jon Bartholic

    IWR Director Jon Bartholic retired from Michigan State University in January 2017 after serving the MSU community for nearly 40 years. Jon will continue to work with the Michigan Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society as President […]
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    SAIS Included in State of the Great Lakes Report

    The Sensitive Areas Identification System (SAIS), launched in August 2016, was included in the 2016 State of the Great Lakes Report prepared by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Office of the Great Lakes. The report highlights noteworthy events […]
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    IWR featured in Engaged Scholar Magazine

    The 11th volume of Michigan State University’s Engaged Scholar magazine was all about water. IWR hosted a roundtable table about water resource management in the Great Lakes. Participants included Jon Allan, Director, Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department […]
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    Congratulations to Cindy Brewbaker

    Cindy Brewbaker retired from the Michigan State University Institute of Water Research (IWR) in January 2017. We deeply miss her presence at the office and wish her a relaxing retirement – she deserves it! Brewbaker worked at the university […]
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    Congratulations to IWR’s Most Recent Graduate

    Shayna Petit recently defended her Master’s Thesis Farmer Participation in Farmer-Led Watershed Groups: A Case Study in the Western Lake Erie Basin. Her research examined why farmers joined and continued to participate in a farmer-led watershed organization in southeastern […]
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    Hydrologist Position at the University of Arizona

    The University of Arizona (UA) seeks a faculty member (level open) in Groundwater Hydrology to join the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences(HAS) in the UA College of Science. The newly created HAS department (www.has.arizona.edu) merges the previous Department […]
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    Introduction to Lakes: Now Enrolling

    Michigan State University Extension announces the return of Introduction to Lakes, now online. It is updated, reformatted and better than ever! In this course, you will explore the many dimensions of inland lakes—including riparian rights, shorelines, ecology, aquatic plants, […]
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    Launching the Michigan Sensitive Areas Identification System

    The Institute of Water Research launched the “Michigan Sensitive Areas Identification System” (SAIS) in collaboration with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Michigan Office. SAIS is an online mapping and reporting tool that identifies and maps sensitive areas on […]