Michigan Water Stewardship Program
The Michigan Water Stewardship Program (MWSP) is a partnership of organizations that provide educational assistance to Michigan's residents to identify and reduce contamination risks to water and other natural resources. The program encourages individuals to take voluntary proactive steps to protect Michigan's water quality - our drinking water - as well as protect our other valuable natural resources, while caring for our family's health.
It is the goal of the MWSP website to provide accurate, up-to-date water quality information to Michigan's residents. The website is divided into sections for Residents, Youth Stewards, and Educators. Each section presents water quality information in a way that is the most useful and easy to understand for each group. There are homeowner checklists and informational brochures, youth activities and online games, and presentations and lesson plans for teachers. The website also contains a Green News section that posts news stories from around the Great Lakes region, a listing of Local Resources to connect you with organizations in your area, and an Environmental Course Catalog, a free online training program that provides access to knowledge regarding sound stewardship concepts and best management practices for our water and other natural resources.
This website (www.MiWaterStewardship.org) educates homeowners, youth, and teachers using a variety of modules which provide specific recommendations, lesson plans, and other information to protect water resources. School teachers can use “plug and play” lesson plans which are designed around the Michigan Department of Education’s Science Level Content Expectations (GLCEs). This provides K-12 educators with useful tools for protecting resources around the home and matches classroom materials with standardized test expectations.
Since the website's launch in 2011, there have been over 12,000 visits to the site. Of the
6,000+ visitors to the website in 2013, 37 percent were due to referral traffic. Of this, over 1,400
referrals came courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency's website.
Our Logo: The MWSP logo represents the two hands of Michigan - both the upper and lower peninsulas - and caring for our water resources and water quality. The green hand symbolizes all vegetation and crops in our state and the tan hand symbolizes soils. The lighter blue water signifies the vast surface water throughout the state and the darker blue water denotes groundwater.