MSU Center for Water Sciences

Stormwater Workshops Series

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Welcome to the CWS Stormwater Workshop Website. The Stormwater Workshop Series is a part of the Center's Water Fellows Program. Please explore this site and links, you can navigate this page by scrolling down or clicking on one of the below links to take you directly to a specific section:

About the Series
Schedule and Materials


Final report from the workshop series now available!

Download the report (pdf file) by clicking here.


About the Series: Stormy Weather and Stormwater Impacts- Keeping Michigan Clean & Green

This Stormwater Workshop Series is designed to bring together nationally renowned water scientists and individuals (Water Fellows) who have an interest and stake in the future of water in the State of Michigan. The purpose of the workshop series is to learn about the impacts of stormwater on water resources in Michigan and to explore potential solutions. The workshops start with a seminar that is free and open to the public. Please join us!

What's the problem with stormwater?
Stormwater runoff is the leading cause of water quality impairment in the United States. Stormwater runoff occurs when rain or snowmelt flows over the ground. Along its way, stormwater picks up debris, chemicals, and other pollutants and carries them directly to our rivers, lakes and streams. Polluted stormwater runoff can have many adverse impacts on plants, animals, and people.

Download a flyer about the series (pdf file) by clicking here.

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Schedule and Materials

All workshops begin with a public seminar at 9:00-10:20am and will be held at the Henry Center. We will post materials for each workshop as they become available. Please note: links to papers and presentations will open pdf files.

February 6, 2009: Climate Change, Stormwater, and Michigan
Speakers: Dr. Alan Steinman, Grand Valley State University and Dr. David Easterling, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center

White paper by Dr. Steinman
White paper by Dr. Easterling
Web cast
Presentation by Dr. Steinman
Presentation by Dr. Easterling

March 6, 2009: Stormwater Assessment Tools: Monitoring
Speaker: Roger Bannerman, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Bio for Roger Bannerman (pdf)
Background papers from Roger Bannerman
Web cast
Presentation by Roger Bannerman (pdf)

March 27, 2009: Stormwater Assessment Tools: Modeling
Speaker: Alan Vicory, Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission

Bio for Alan Vicory
White paper (pdf)
Web cast
Presentation by Alan Vicory (pdf)

April 10, 2009: Ecosystem Impacts & Approaches
Speakers: Laurie Fowler, University of Georgia and Dave Drullinger, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Bio for Laurie Fowler and Dave Drullinger
Paper from Laurie Folwer
Web cast
Presentation by Laurie Fowler
Presentation by Dave Drullinger

April 24, 2009: Green stormwater BMP designs & low impact development
Speakers: William Hunt, North Carolina State University and Amy Mangus, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments

Links to papers by Bill Hunt on: Bioretention and permeable pavements
Paper by Amy Mangus
Web cast
Presentation by Bill Hunt
Presentation by Amy Mangus

May 15, 2009: Getting Creative with Stormwater
Speakers: Patrick Judd, Conservation Design Forum and Stuart Echols, Pennsylvania State University

Papers by Stuart Echols: Stormwater as an Amenity and Artful Rainwater Design
Paper from Patrick Judd
Web cast


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The public seminars will be webcast live and then archived for viewing at a later time. Please see or click the links for the WebCast listed under each workshop (links will be added several days before each workshop). If you are unable to join us in person, please log on to the webcast. The webcasts will be archived so that you can watch them at any time.

We will try to include questions from our web audience during the Q&A portion of the public seminar. If you have a question for a speaker, you can email your question to Dr. Erin Dreelin (dreelin at during the live webcast.



All public lectures will be held at the MSU Henry Center for Executive Development in Lansing. Click here for directions to the Henry Center.

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Updated! Stormwater Resources: links to materials mentioned during the workshops

Check out our previous workshops in the Water Fellows series:

Learn more about stormwater:


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