Residential Water Stewardship
Non-agricultural rural and urban residential users of pesticides and fertilizers may access the Michigan Water Stewardship Program (MWSP) risk assessment through a web-based program designed to assist their adoption of stewardship practices that reduce environmental risks to water and other related natural resources. This website (www.miwaterstewardship.org) educates homeowners, youth, and teachers using a variety of modules which provide specific recommendations, lesson plans, and other information to protect water resources. School teachers can use “plug and play” lesson plans which are designed around the Michigan Department of Education’s Science Level Content Expectations (GLCEs). This provides K-12 educators with useful tools for protecting resources around the home and matches classroom materials with standardized test expectations. This grant does not fund an FTE but part of a person’s time to oversee website changes and outreach. The website records the components that are accessed, permitting MWSP to track the usefulness of the components and providing opportunities to improve the site. Since the website's launch in 2011, there have been over 12,000 visits to the site. Of the 6,000+ visitors to the website in 2013, 37 percent were due to referral traffic. Of this, over 1,400 referrals came courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency's website. To learn more about MWSP go to: www.miwaterstewardship.org.