Great Lakes Research Center

World Water Day — March 27-29, 2018

Michigan Tech will celebrate the 2018 World Water Day during the last week of March with events related to the United Nations theme, “Nature-based Solutions for Water.” Dr. Greg Kleinheinz, Ph.D., R.A., Viessmann Chair of Sustainable Technology & Professor of Environmental Engineering Technology at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, will be our guest speaker on Tuesday, March 27. Dr. Kleinheinz received his PhD at Michigan Tech in Biological Sciences, and has served as a past president of the Great Lakes Beach Association.

Other events include the art show, "Water is Another Matter", the World Water Day Poster Competition, a panel discussion on Nature-based Solutions for Water, and a film event with facilitated discussions. Download the event flyer here.

Schedule of Events
Date/Time/Location Details
Congratulations to our World Water Day Poster Award Winners!
1st - Jessica Daignault, William Lytle, Jacob Slattery
2nd - Karleigh Krieg, Savannah Fowler, Rachel Bouchey, Ashley Lingle

3rd - Danielle Pilarski, Catherine (Katie) Closner, Marjan Monfarednasb, Yaqi Yang

Going Green: Alleviating Global Water Shortage


March 15 - June 15
Mon - Fri,  6:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Great Lakes Research Center,
1st and 2nd floors

Art Show: "Water is Another Matter",
Artists: Mary Brodbeck, Ed Gray, and Rachel Singel

Water is Another Matter

Currently in Operation - dates tbd

Great Lakes Research Center

Lake Level

The Listening to Parks program showcasing the Isle Royale Sound Scape  is currently set up and in operation on the Lake Level of the GLRC. Michigan Tech faculty Christopher Plummer, Elizabeth Meyer, and Kent Cyr set off to record the sounds of Isle Royale, and won a National Endowment for the Arts grant to study the natural music found there.

Sunday night, March 18
**  Deadline extended to Wednesday, March 21

Deadline for students to submit Poster Registrations
email to:
WWD Call for Posters Flyer

Sunday night, March 25

Deadline for students to submit PowerPoint versions of their posters
email to:

Sunday, March 25

FM Radio station broadcast times:

  •  7 a.m. 97.7 WOLF
  • 8 a.m.  99.3  LIFT
  • 9 a.m.  102.3 K-BEAR

World Water Day on Copper Country Today - Sunday March 25

Joan Chadde (CEE/GLRC) and Katie Closner (SBE/GLRC) interviewed with Rick Allen for the Copper Country Today talk show about this year's World Water Day celebration on "Nature-based Solutions for Water"


Tuesday, March 27
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Dow 873, Dow 709, and Dow 633

  • Individual judging sessions of oral poster presentations
  • Students will be notified of time and place of presentation
    Presentation format includes 1 minute poster review by judges, up to 5 minutes for oral presentation and 2 minutes for questions

Tuesday, March 27
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Dow Lobby (campus side)

Poster Session
  • Students are available by their posters for informal discussions with visitors to the poster session.
  • Printed posters will be on display from Tuesday, 9 a.m. through Wednesday, 4 p.m. for additional viewing times.

Tuesday, March 27
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Dow 641

Keynote Abstract - Dr Kleinheinz

Keynote Lecture by Greg Kleinheinz, R.S., Ph.D.,
                                      University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

"Multidimensional Benefits to Sustainable Beach Reengineering"

Reception Following

Wednesday, March 28
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
GLRC 202

Panel Discussion: "Nature-based Solutions for Water"
Moderator: David Watkins, Professor,
                       Civil & Environmental Engineering, Michigan Tech

  • Greg Kleinheinz, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
  • Ryan McCone, District Supervisor-Resources Unit, Water Resources Division,  MI DEQ
  • Brian Barkdoll, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Michigan Tech
  • Erin Johnston, Wildlife Biologist, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

Refreshments Following

Thursday, March 29
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
GLRC 202

World Water Day Film Event

Film Event: Specialized films and discussions on
Solutions for Water

Facilitators and Film topics:

Jerry Jondreau, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science:

  •     Ogichidaa: Local legacy of fishing, preservation of treaty rights and cultural values

Katie Closner, MS, School of Business and Economics: 

  •     Natural conservation of water using Biomimicry 
  •     Storm water management

  Jeffrey Kiiskila, PhD, Biological Sciences:

  •     Floating treatment wetland 
  •     Treatment of acid mine drainage

Refreshments Following