Water Infrastructure Events & Resources

Water Infrastructure Events & Resources

Below is a list of upcoming meetings, events, and resources related to water infrastructure. If you have an event or resource you’d like included, please email latia@freshwaterfuture.org.


Ongoing: Flint Youth Community Lab Project

As part of the Flint Youth Community Lab  Project, these Flint high school students are taking time this summer to learn about drinking water quality and water testing.  Today they visited Flint City Hall to collect water samples that will be analyzed for lead.  Flint Development Center is coordinating the project in partnership with Genesee County Hispanic Latino Collaborative, Freshwater Future and Flint Neighborhoods United. In the coming weeks, the students will be collecting samples for Flint residents to learn more, including testing for lead with and without a filter.  They will also help residents learn about filter maintenance through a community outreach program coordinated by Flint Neighborhoods United.

7/10/2018: One Water Summit

Join hundreds of top water leaders in the Twin Cities for One Water Summit 2018. It is the premier national conference focused on sustainable, integrated, and inclusive approaches to managing water, our most precious natural resource. From inspiring plenary sessions, skills building institutes, interactive workshops, mobile tours, and unparalleled networking opportunities. Get additional information on the agenda, speakers, and program.

When: 7/10/2018 – 7/12/2018

Where: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis (1300 Nicollet Mall)

For pricing information and registration, click here. 

7/20/2018: Great Lakes Relay

The Great Lakes Relay is an annual event sponsored by the Lakeshore Striders Running Club, that started in 1992. The relay is a three day long event (July 20 – 22, 2018). The race benefits Michigan Special Olympics. The course is approximately 270 miles. On behalf of the Great Lakes Relay, the Lakeshore Striders Running Club has made previous donations totaling over $100,000 to the following charities: MSO, MITCA, Turning Point, Oakland University, Hoeft State Park, North Higgins Lake Park, Mio/Ausable Schools, Grayling Schools, Rogers City Schools, and scholarships to HS Senior CC Runners.


10/16/2018: Healing Our Waters (HOW) Great Lakes Restoration Conference

Each year Healing Our Waters–Great Lakes Coalition brings together a diverse group of more than 400 people from throughout the Great Lakes region to attend the Great Lakes Restoration Conference. This year’s conference provides a 2-day forum for participants to learn about current Great Lakes Restoration issues, network at the largest annual gathering of Great Lakes supporters and activists, and develop strategies to advance federal, regional and local restoration goals.

We’ll add details and registration information as they’re announced.

Reports & Resources

Protecting Drinking Water in the Great Lakes

American Rivers has focused this report on eight aspects of the Safe Drinking Water Act: maximum contaminant levels, treatment techniques, and monitoring standards; regulation of lead as a drinking water contaminant; consumer confidence reporting; loans and grants; public participation in standards development, permits, and enforcement; operator certification; management of drinking water emergencies; and management of algal blooms.

For each topic, the report answers two fundamental questions. First, how does the federal law address the topic? Second, how does each state address the topic differently? Find it here.

Making EcoDistricts: Concepts and Methods for Advancing Sustainability in Neighborhoods

The EcoDistricts Initiative is a comprehensive strategy to accelerate sustainable neighborhood development by integrating building and infrastructure projects with community and individual action. An EcoDistrict is a neighborhood or district that has committed to achieving ambitious sustainability performance goals over time.  EcoDistricts are characterized by values of diversity and participation, equity in decision making and investment, health and well-being of the community, positive environmental impacts, and conservation and stewardship. You can read the report here.

Michigan Environmental Law Journal: Are Mass Water Shut-Offs a Strategy to Purge Detroit’s Poor?

There seems to be a willful, stubborn resistance to an affordability plan, or anything else that can reasonably be regarded as measures that signal a sincere commitment to ensuring access to water for all Detroit residents. Observers cannot be faulted for concluding that this indifference—maybe even hostility to the poor—is driven by a cynical strategy to purge the city of those who do not fit the profile of the returning gentry. You can read the article here.

US Water Alliance – One Water Roadmap: The Sustainable Management of Life’s Most Essential Resource Report

The roadmap highlights the bold approaches that water utilities, businesses, agricultural groups, and municipalities, are implementing to build a secure water future for all. The roadmap is organized around six arenas for action where we are making progress: Reliable and Resilient Utilities, Thriving Cities, Competitive Business and Industry, Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Social and Economic Inclusion, and Healthy Waterways.  Read their report here. 

Bipartisan Policy Center’s Safeguarding Water Affordability Report

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Water Task Force has explored some of the unique challenges and opportunities facing our nation’s water and wastewater sectors. This paper dives into one of the most vexing problems for water systems in the United States: how to price water services to fully cover costs and maintain affordability for customers who already struggle to pay their bills. Read the report here. 

American Rivers: Protecting Drinking Water In The Great Lakes Report

American Rivers partnered with the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center to begin researching how the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is being implemented in Great Lakes states, focusing first on Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Critical questions raised in the community such as “How do we ensure that our water is safe? Is it a federal, state, or local issue? Or do all levels of government play a role? What can I do as a resident to educate myself on this issue?” All these questions and more are addressed in this report, read it here. 

All About Water 2.0 Slides

Here some slides from our recent All About Water 2.0: Infrastructure Through the Water Access and Health Lens Convening.

Peter Hammer: Addressing Public Health & The Drinking Water Crisis: Race, Rates and Infrastructure 

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