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World Water Day and Tribal Water Day

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

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Michigan Tech will celebrate World Water Day 2022 March 17-22 with virtual events related to the United Nations theme, “Groundwater - Making the Invisible Visible”. Groundwater is vital to life; learn how climate change and pollution negatively impact our groundwater, and about efforts to sustainably manage and reduce these threats.  World Water Day events and important dates include: 


  • March 4 - Three Minute (3M) Thesis-style student research competition registrations due.  This competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors.  There are two categories: (1) original student research; and (2) course-based research.  There will be student cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in both categories!    
  • March 17 - 7:00pm - Pumped Dry facilitated discussion with Dr. John Gierke (GMES) as part of the Sustainability Film Series, registration required.   
  • March 21 - 6:00pm - Water-focused Husky Bites presentation - Listen and learn about Michigan Tech’s participation in the 26th United Nations COP26 event in Glasgow, Scotland with Dr. Sarah Green, Dr. Jessica Daignault, and Ayush Chutani.
  • March 22 - “The Main Event” - The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) and Michigan Tech are presenting Tribal Water Day and World Water Day activities virtually via Zoom.   
    • 2:00pm - Tribal Water Day:
      • Introduction by Doreen Blaker, KBIC Tribal Council Member.
      • Development of Locally-appropriate Water Quality Criteria for KBIC, presented by Cory McDonald, Assistant Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering at Michigan Tech.
      • Community Services (Beach and Groundwater), presented by Dylan Friisvall, Water Quality Technician at KBIC.
      • Overview and Updates on the KBIC-Natural Resources Department (NRD) Fisheries Program, presented by Patrick LaPointe, KBIC-NRD Field Fisheries Technician.
      • KBIC Wetland Monitoring Program, presented by Erin Johnston, Wildlife Biologist/Wildlife & Habitat Section Lead for KBIC-NRD.
    • 4:15pm - 3M Thesis award winners announcement 
    • 4:30pm - World Water Day:
      • Making Groundwater Visible: Education and outreach programs for sustaining our drinking water resources, presented by Ruth Kline Robach,  Institute of Water Research & Department of Community Sustainability, Michigan State University
      • Protecting our Groundwater from Emerging Contaminants: Exploring the past, present, and future, presented by Gavin Dehnert, Emerging Contaminants Scientist, University of Wisconsin Aquatic Sciences Center, WI Sea Grant and Water Resources Institute 
  • Environmental Graphiti - The Art of Climate Change by Alisa Singer.  Self-guided walking tour during the spring semester, and a Science Scavenger Hunt from March 14th to the 25th with a $100 Amazon Gift card as the prize!  You can also purchase a piece of Environmental Graphiti and support student research opportunities. Proceeds from art sales will be used to fund student seed research grants. Art pricing and availability can be found here.  
  • Outreach events - Teachers in the Copper Country and Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD will receive (via email) Groundwater Pictionary, a fun classroom activity they can use to engage their students in investigating groundwater and our essential need for access to clean, available freshwater. Teachers will also receive the World Water Day 2022 Fact Sheet Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible. Teachers in the Copper Country and Gogebic-Ontonagon ISDs may request a copy of the Great Lakes Watershed poster by contacting Joan Chadde (


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