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Drinking Water: Protecting MI Source Webinar Series

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Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Drinking Water: Protecting MI Source Webinar Series

Our drinking water comes from a variety of sources including groundwater, rivers, and lakes. There are thousands of water supplies providing drinking water to the public and hundreds of thousands more private water wells supplying water to millions of people in Michigan and millions more across the Great Lakes Region. Knowing and understanding the quality and quantity of the source is a critical first step in planning and developing sustainable approaches and managing our drinking water resources.  EGLE presents this webinar series to highlight how agencies, communities, universities, local organizations, and citizens can promote and protect drinking water sources.  A question-and-answer period will follow each presentation.

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This webinar series is provided through a collaborative partnership with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Institute of Water Research at Michigan State University (IWRMSU), and Michigan Rural Water Association (MRWA). 

Each webinar is approved for 0.1 Continuing Education Credits (CEC) in the technical category.



Upcoming Webinars in the Series


Tuesday, July 25, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Drops of Resilience: Empowering Communities through Source Water Plans              Register Now

Join our webinar on Michigan Source Water Protection Programs (SWWP)!

This session will guide you through the development, update, and implementation of SWPPs in local municipalities. We'll cover all the essential elements of SWPPs and highlight their significance with real-life examples from Michigan. Discover why managing the area around your public water supply system is crucial and gain insights into funding sources for SWPP development and implementation.

Presenter:   Kelly Hon is a USDA Source Water Protection Specialist with the Michigan Rural Water Association.


Recorded webinars in this series:

Healthy Forests Protect Drinking Water (recorded 5/23/2023, 60 min.)   VIEW RECORDING

Do you know where your drinking water comes from?  Ever wonder how land use impacts your drinking water?

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Stewardship Program is leading a team of conservation partners on a new initiative called “Forest to Mi Faucet” to share information about the connections between healthy forests and clean drinking water.  Partners on the Forest to Mi Faucet team are helping municipal water utilities implement their source water protection plans to reduce nonpoint source pollution.  The project will help rural landowners and urban residents protect important forests, manage forests better, and expand forests in strategic riparian locations.


Mike Smalligan is the Forest Stewardship Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.  He works with foresters, loggers, environmentalists and many partner organizations to help landowners take good care of 12 million acres of private forests and public waters.  He has degrees in forestry and crop and soil sciences from Michigan State University.
Meagan Hoffman is the Forest and Water Community organizer for the Forest to Mi Faucet project.  Meagan is serving as a Huron Pines AmeriCorps member with the DNR in 2023.  Meagan has a degree in conservation biology and ecology from Arizona State and a watershed management certificate from Michigan State.