New Water Stewardship Website Launched

Nov 21, 2011


Interactive Water Stewardship Website Launched for Great Lakes Residents
Website demonstrates how residents can protect state’s water quality


The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and Eaton Conservation District launched an interactive website – – aimed at residents encouraging them to take voluntary proactive steps to protect Michigan's water quality.

“The site and its free online training program assists homeowners across Michigan on how to make simple changes in their daily routine which in turn benefits our water resources,” said MDARD Director Keith Creagh.  “The Michigan Water Stewardship website showcases the state’s overall effort to protect Michigan’s abundant water resources and we are pleased to partner with our statewide conservation districts in utilizing this tool locally.”

The interactive site features a virtual water cycle flow model showing residents the impacts of real life scenarios as a result of their every day actions on Michigan’s water resources. Also, the local resource section provides a gateway to local environmental events and volunteer opportunities statewide.

“There are a lot of small, easy changes residents and homeowners can make to protect local water quality, and in turn, protect the Great Lakes.  This site is fun and engaging for students, teachers, and residents,” said Andrea Stay, executive director, Eaton Conservation District.

In addition to the free online training courses, the website offers a section for students to become youth stewards using games, videos and activities; and a section for educators with ready-made lesson plans, activities, demonstrations, videos, publications, presentations, and a list of other teaching resources for enhancing environmental learning.

The Michigan Water Stewardship Program is a partnership of organizations providing educational assistance to Michigan's residents to identify and reduce contamination risks to water and other natural resources. Contact your local Conservation District for more information or visit