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Water Resources: Reports and websites

A guide to water related resources available on Michigan State University's campus, online, and beyond.

Selected Web Pages

 Water is essential for life and our ecosystems, but only a small fraction of the water on our surface is suitable for consumption. When this water is polluted or not conserved, the supply we have becomes that much more valuable. Proper disposal is key to water conservation because water is easily contaminated. One gallon of improperly disposed motor oil can contaminate one million gallons of fresh water.  Pulled from the Earth 911 Water Page

All About Water - Water Properties and Measurements (courtesy of Berkey Filters)

Cities Coping With Water Uncertainties (UN)

Federal Water Tap is a weekly digest spotting trends in U.S. government water policy.

Food and Water Watch
Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping the global commons — our shared resources — under public control.

Freshwater Crisis
By 2050 a third of the people on Earth may lack a clean, secure source of water. Join National Geographic in exploring the local stories and global trends that define the world's water crisis. Learn about freshwater resources and how they are used to feed, power, and sustain all life. See how the forces of technology, climate, human nature, and policy create challenges and drive solutions for a sustainable planet. Courtesy of National Geographic.

A National Assessment of Tap Water Quality
More than 140 contaminants with no enforceable safety limits found in the nation's drinking water. Utilities need more money to monitor for contaminants and protect source waters. The Environmental Working Group, December 20, 2005.

Shared Oceans, Shared Futures
Note: Available to MSU and other subscribers.
Humankind has explored, mapped, developed, or settled all but the most hostile corners of Earth's landmass. But our understanding of the oceans —more than 70 percent of Earth's surface— remains highly limited. We know more about the contours of Mars than those of the oceans' floors.
Though we frolic on the oceans' shores, sail and swim their waters, draw food from their depths, and transport freight across their vast horizons, we know very little about life and conditions below the surface. Recent studies have highlighted the urgent need for more knowledge. Vast as they are, the oceans are not unassailable. They cannot endlessly absorb the wastes that human beings are dumping into their waters. The bounty of the sea, which has nurtured life on Earth for millennia, is not limitless.
Technological and financial resources devoted to research have not been adequate to accomplish all that scientists want to learn about our oceans, but attempts are being made in many quarters in the United States to address the situation. We examine many of them in this edition of Global Issues. The U.S. government's top policy maker in ocean-related programs provides an overview of the initiatives being taken to better understand and preserve the seas. A U.S. State Department official describes the many ways the United States works with the international community on matters relating to the oceans. We offer a preview of a comprehensive report about reshaping U.S. oceans policy. And a prominent U.S. oceanographer shares his sense of wonder and curiosity about all that we have yet to learn.
We hope that these and the other features in this electronic journal will inform readers as well as encourage them to learn more about the oceans and about how we can all work together to preserve this resource so vital to us all.
Global Issues : An Electronic Journal of the U.S. Department of State, Volume 9, Number 1, April 2004.

Quality of Water from Domestic Wells in Principal Aquifers of the United States, 1991–2004
U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5227 by Leslie A. DeSimone.  2009.

The Stream is a daily digest spotting global water trends

Toxic Waters : A New York Times Series About the Worsening Pollution in America's Waters and the Regulators Response

Water and Cities : Facts and Figures (UN)

Water and Urbanization (UN)

Water Quality and Sanitation (UN)
While drilling a well can be easy, delivering water and sanitation solutions that are sustainable in the long haul is not and involves a number of important components.

WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, makes it easy for Americans to save water and protect the environment. Look for the WaterSense label to choose quality, water-efficient products. Many products are available, and don't require a change in your lifestyle. Explore the links below to learn about WaterSense labeled products, saving water, and how businesses and organizations can partner with WaterSense.

World Water Day

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Groundwater Mapping Project
USGS hydrologist Howard Reeves, and cooperators* in Michigan, just released an interactive website resulting from their newly completed project to inventory and map Michigan's ground-water resources. The resulting database shows ground-water aquifers and features, users of large quantities of groundwater, and other valuable ground-water information for Michigan. *Prepared in Cooperation with State of Michigan and the MSU Institute of Water Research.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
2012 State of the Great Lakes Report
2010 State of the Great Lakes Report
2007 State of the Great Lakes Report : Restoring the Lakes
2004 State of the Great Lakes Report : Great Lakes Treasures
2002 State of the Great Lakes Report
Print : State of the Great Lakes Annual Reports

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Water Page

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Water Use, Levels, and Diversion

Michigan State University
Center for Water Sciences
Water Blog

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Institute of Water Research

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MSU-WATER (Watershed Action Through Education and Research)

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Water Quality Reports

Michigan Surface Water Investigation Management System
This application is an interactive map-based system that allows users to view information about Michigan’s surface water. It was developed through a cooperative effort by the Michigan Department of Information Technology (DIT), Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Users are able to view and download data collected by the DEQ and DNR from surface water monitoring sites located throughout Michigan. 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Drinking Water and Ground Water Statistics for 2008 (PDF)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Drinking Water and Ground Water Statistics : 1998-2010

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Local Drinking Water System Lookup

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
State of the Great Lakes Reports

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Water Page 

U.S. Geological Survey
Michigan Water Science Center

U.S. Geological Survey
Water Resources of the United States

Great Lakes Water Commission reports : issues a series of reports on the Great Lakes called The State of Lake Michigan in 2005; The State of Lake Superior in 2005; The State of Lake Erie in 2004; The State of Lake Huron in 2004; and the State of Lake Ontario in 2003.

International Water Commission. Many rivers and some of the largest lakes in the world lie along, or flow across, the border between the United States and Canada. The International Joint Commission assists governments in finding solutions to problems in these waters."

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