Our waters. Our life.


Healthy Urban Waters (HUW) is a collaboration of Wayne State University researchers networked with the community to focus on water in an urban setting and future impacts of human culture on community, ecosystem, and economic health.




Congratulations to Healthy Urban Waters partner Dr. John Barkach on his successful dissertation defense!

Healthy Urban Water partner Dr. John Barkach recently completed his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Wayne State in the Fall 2021 semester. He successfully defended his dissertation, Estimating Bedload Sediment Delivery to the Great Lakes from Sixty Michigan Rivers, and graduated with his doctorate. Congratulations to John!

A copy of his dissertation can be found here.



Congratulations to former WSU researcher Eric Andersen on his recent section as USACE Chief of General Engineering Section in Detroit, Michigan

"Detroit River Phytoplankton from Water Treatment Plant Data" featured in Journal of AWWA

Detroit homes are being overwhelmed by flooding — and it's not just water coming in

Season 2, Episode 3 - William Shuster, chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, on how to curtail massive flooding in Detroit

Moving towards a sustainable future in urban cities

Governor, Mayor, & DWSD Update Public on Response to Severe Flooding due to most significant rainstorm in at least 80 years

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