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Diving into Water Issues Both Near and Far

Great Lakes Region

U-M Launches Great Lakes Water Center

Through a $4.5 million, three-year grant from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation with matching funds from U-M, scientists and partners across the region will conduct research on the effectiveness of various restoration projects concerned with the Great Lakes, the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes and a vital ecosystem.

Forming Valuable Research Partnerships

The Great Lakes Integrated Sciences Assessment Center, a partnership between U-M, Michigan State University and The Ohio State University, is contributing to long-term sustainability through its research and outreach focused on agriculture, watershed management, urban management, and natural resources-based tourism.

Sharing Expertise at the White House

Don Scavia, professor and special counsel on sustainability to the president of U-M, and Knute Nadelhoffer, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and director of the U-M Biological Station, were invited to join 80 environmental, sustainability and academic leaders to talk about future plans for the world’s largest grouping of freshwater lakes at the White House Great Lakes Summit in February 2012.


40 million

U.S. and Canadian citizens use drinking water supplied by the Great Lakes

In ghana and Peru

U-M’s Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute and the Center for Global Health are co-sponsoring two research projects addressing water-quality impacts on public health, one in Ghana and the other in Peru.


The first project is seeking to find alternatives for safe, healthy and environmentally sound gold mining in resource-limited Ghana, where certain water safety issues are related to small-scale gold mining.


The team in Peru is investigating the linkage between drinking-water bacterial contamination and gastric cancer and ways to provide safe water that could prevent these infections.