Great Lakes Research Center

World Water Day — March 20-26, 2019

Michigan Tech will celebrate the 2019 World Water Day March 20-26 with events related to the United Nations theme, "Leaving No One Behind - Human Rights: Near & Far." 

Monica Lewis-Patrick, We the People of Detroit

Monica Lewis-Patrick (aka The Water Warrior), the Co-Founder, President & CEO of We the People of Detroit, will be the World Water Day keynote speaker on Monday, March 25. She is an active member of the People’s Water Board Coalition, US Human Rights Network, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), and, and was named to the World Water Justice Council in October of 2015.

March 25 @ 4 p.m. (MUB Ballroom):   "Mapping the Water Crisis of Unaffordability"

Recording of Monica Lewis-Patrick's talk on March 25, 2019 at Michigan Tech

 World Water Day 2019 Poster Awards

Original Research

1st Place: Erin Eberhard - $300

Advisor: Amy Marcarelli

Spatial Heterogeneity of Nitrogen Fixation and Denitrification across a Wetland-Stream-Lake Interface
2nd Place: Elisabeth Stimmel - $200
Advisor: Fengling (Frank) Liu
The Effects of Microtopography and a Simulated Emerald Ash Borer infestation on Woody Regeneration in Black Ash Wetlands
3rd Place: Laura Schaerer - $150
Advisor: Stephen Techtmann
The microbial communities of bilge water, boat surfaces and external port water: a global comparison
1st Place:  Peter Beach and Jill Poliskey - $300
Advisor: Kelly Kamm
Combating Blue Death with Clean Water
2nd Place: Rose Hildebrandt, Claire Danielson and Timothy Stone - $200
Advisor: Kelly Kamm
3rd Place: Alex Gabe and Olivia Demaree - $150
Advisor: Kelly Kamm
Clean Water, Clear Vision

Schedule of Events
Date/Time/Location Details

Friday, March 15, 2019

9 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Ojibwa Casino Bingo Hall, 16449 Michigan Ave., Baraga

1st Annual Tribal Water Day

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Natural Resources Dept.

Event transportation is available for Michigan Tech GLRC members, and for others if space is available. Register here. Please meet in the GLRC Lobby at 8:10 a.m., transportation will depart promptly at 8:15 and returns to campus by 4:45 p.m.

Please feel free to contact transportation coordinators for more info: Val Gagnon <> or Beth Hoy <>

Monday night, March 18
Poster Registration Deadline
email to:

Submit PowerPoint versions of posters to by midnight on March 21.

Deadline for students to submit Poster Registrations

WWD Call for Posters Flyer

Wednesday, March 20

7–8:30 p.m.

Forestry Bldg, Hesterberg Hall (G002)


Marathon for Justice will also be viewed prior to the Panel Discussion on Tuesday March 26 in GLRC 202.

Green Film: Marathon for Justice

Facilitator:  Marie Richards, PhD Candidate, Social Sciences

Marathon for Justice

March 21 - June 14
Mon - Fri,  6:30 a.m.–8 p.m.
Great Lakes Research Center,
1st and 2nd floors

Art Show: Wilderness
  • Daniel Hill from Six Nations of the Grand River Reservation in Ontario Canada

  • Josh Jaehnig, Bramble & Stag Tattoo Parlour, Houghton

  • Jonathan Soper, graphic designer and entrepreneur in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

Wilderness Art Show Poster

Thursday night, March 21

Digital Poster Deadline

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

Sunday, March 17 or 24

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

Valoree Gagnon (GLRC) and Emily Shaw (CEE/GLRC) will interview with Rick Allen for the Copper Country Today talk show about this year's World Water Day celebration on "Leaving No One Behind - Human Rights: Near & Far"


Monday, March 25
noon–2 p.m.
Dow 873, Dow 875, and Dow 804

  • 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

Monday, March 25
2:30–4 p.m.
Memorial Union Building Ballroom

Poster Session
  • Students are available by their posters for informal discussions with visitors to the poster session.

Monday, March 25
4–6 p.m.
Memorial Union Building Ballroom

 Monica Lewis-Patrick, We the People of Detroit
Photo by Jackie Hicks

Keynote Lecture by Monica Lewis-Patrick, Co-Founder, President and CEO of We the People of Detroit

"Mapping the Water Crisis of Unaffordability"
Abstract is forthcoming


The Keynote lecture will be preceded by the Welcome to Traditional Homelands by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and the Woodland Singers from the Ojibwe and Menominee Nations. The lecture will be followed by an open reception.

Tuesday, March 26
4–6:30 p.m.
GLRC 202


4 p.m.: Viewing of Marathon for Justice

4:45 p.m.: Panel Discussion

5:45 p.m.: Recognition of Artists


6:15 p.m.: Concluding ceremony with the Woodland Singers


Panel Discussion: "Leaving No One Behind"

The 45-minute film, Marathon for Justice will be viewed prior to the Panel Discussion.

  • Valoree Gagnon, Director of University-Indigenous Community Partnerships, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Emily Shaw, MS, Environmental Engineering Science                  


  • Monica Lewis-Patrick, We the People of Detroit

  • Kathleen Smith, Habitat Specialist/Plants Program, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Natural Resources Department
  • Peter Baril, REHS, MPS, Director of Community Planning, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Western Upper Peninsula Health Department
  • Angie Carter, Assistant Professor in Environmental/Energy Justice, Social Sciences, Michigan Tech

 Refreshments Following

World Water Day Sponsors:

Great Lakes Research Center, Social Sciences, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Sustainable Futures Institute, Center for DIversity and Inclusion, Visual & Performing Arts, Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region


Previous World Water Day Themes/Guest Speakers