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Clearing the Air: The Water Utility Energy Challenge puts five utilities into competition to reduce air emissions that come from the use of electricity

January 2018 - The Water Utility Energy Challenge was recently highlighted in the January 2018 issue of Treatment Plant Operator. The article discusses the utilities in the competition, PEPSO software, and LEEM data. In addiiton, it discusses the results of using the software and the challenges with using the software.


Wayne State team announced as winner of Internet of H2O water innovation competition

November 3, 2017 - The Cleveland Water Alliance, in partnership with Digital C and US Ignite, awarded $50,000 in cash as well as additional supportive services to Team GLASS, Team Extreme Comms/MicroBuoy, and Team HydroTrek at the Internet of H20 water innovation competition today at the Catawba Island Club.

The competition challenged three communities to come together to solve for real-world issues and establish a Smart Lake strategy that requires the integration of sensors, advanced networking and insights generated from data science.

The goal of the competition was to generate robust and resilient nutrient monitoring pilot programs that have the potential to expand across the Great Lakes and help establish Lake Erie as the first Smart Lake. Farming practices and severe weather can increase the amount of fertilizer-derived nutrients in the water, which diminish water quality and threaten the lake's ecosystem and the public's health.

Congratulations to Teams Extreme Comms and MicroBuoy, who are both made up of students from Wayne State University!

Fall 2017 Water@Wayne events announced

The Fall 2017 Water@Wayne events have been announced. This seminar series occurs on some Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:30pm throughout the semester and includes speakers with a wide-range of backgrounds discussing water-related issues. This event is supported by the Office of the Vice President of Research.

NSF grant prepares students for leadership positions addressing postindustrial urban challenges

July 26, 2017 - Congratulations to our Co-Director, Donna Kashian, who will be leading "NRT: Transformative Research in Urban Sustainability Training (T-RUST)". This grant will train master's and doctoral students to work with communities, busininesses, industries, scientists and policy makers to address challenges faced in postindustrial urban settings and prepare them for public, private and academic leadership positions.

Belle Isle Aquarium programs aims to raise Detroit students' interest in STEM fields

July 21, 2017 - Congratulations to our co-director, Jeffrey Ram, who will be the principal investigator on a program to detemine if a public institution can increase student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math careers.  This program will be a partnership between the Belle Isle Conservancy and Wayne State University, the latter of which will complete this study entailing measuring the impact of the field strips on students' attitudes towards STEM and related careers.

The Great Lakes competition's finalists range from a small Wisconsin city to a large water authority serving 4 million residents

June 5, 2017 -

The Great Lakes Protection Fund (GLPF) and American Water Works Association (AWWA) recently announced the finalists in the Water Utility Energy Challenge (WUEC), an innovative program which engages water operators in a competition to reduce the emissions sourced in their energy generation. The inaugural 2017-'18 competition, focused on the Great Lakes Basin, is aimed at connecting the utilities with new innovative software while fostering an awareness of the associated emissions, particularly mercury. The finalists are the District of Muskoka in Bracebridge, Ontario; the city of Highland Park (Illinois); the city of Ann Arbor (Michigan); the Great Lake Water Authority of Detroit, Michigan; Onondaga County Water Authority of North Syracuse, New York; and the city of Bayfield (Wisconsin). Healthy Urban Waters is on the project team for this competition.

Erie Hack 2017: Innovation for our Great Lake

Apr. 4, 2017 - Radio Interview: Lara Treemore Spears talks about the Wayne State University Healthy Urban Waters (HUW) role in the #ErieHack - a 5-City innovation challenge that involves the tech community to develop proactive solutions to address Lake Erie's ecological challenges.  The Erie Hack Competition took place on May 2 and May 3, 2017. For more information, visit the Erie Hack website.

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March for Science#marchforscience

Mar. 31, 2017 - Wayne State University science community assembles delegation to support the March for Science on April 22, 2017 in Washington D.C. In addition, the March for Science Detroit will occur in Hart Plaza to march in support of scientific research, education, and evidence-based policies.







Road Salt: Street to Stream

Mar. 13, 2017 - UWERG co-directors Dr. David Pitts and Dr. Donna Kashian featured in documentary "Road Salt: Street to Stream" created by Nick Hayes and airing on Detroit Public Television. 

Q&A: WSU's Carol Miller on the interplay between green and gray infrastructure

Dec. 20, 2016 - Model D Media interviewed UWERG director Carol Miller on how green infrastructure is related to and helps sustains the larger infrastructure systems.