U-M Water Center

The Water Center engages researchers, practitioners, policymakers and nonprofit groups to support, integrate and improve current and future freshwater restoration and protection efforts. The Water Center is supporting the work of 28 project teams comprised of more than 150 researchers representing 22 universities in the United States and Canada, 16 federal, state or municipal agencies and six non-governmental organizations. The Water Center was made possible by a $4.5 million, three-year grant from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation and additional funds from the university.

One project brings together a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from U-M, University of Wisconsin-Superior and the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research to study the ecological and environmental health risks of microplastic debris in the Great Lakes.

$3.8M The amount of research funding awarded by the U-M Water Center in 2013

MCUBED: Water, Infrastructure and Sustainability

Three U-M professors have joined forces under MCubed to understand the broad, complex and potentially unanticipated impacts on humans and the environment from the use of emerging technologies to address present day water, wastewater, storm-water, and related sustainability problems. The research team will use the MCubed funds to support a sustainable water infrastructure and planning PhD cohort, composed of students from the College of Engineering, the School of Natural Resources, and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and mentored by the three MCubed faculty investigators.

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Fracking in Michigan

Led by the Graham Sustainability Institute, U-M researchers released seven technical reports that together form the most comprehensive Michigan-focused resource on hydraulic fracturing, the controversial natural gas and oil extraction process commonly known as fracking. A final report from the U-M-led study is expected in mid-2014.