Groundwater Governance in the Great Lakes Region

Funded by the Joyce Foundation and led by Freshwater, this one year project brings together researchers from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School, and Milwaukee-based consultancy Water 365, to study groundwater governance in a six-state Great Lakes region. Collaborators Mary Manydeeds, Chief for the Branch of Water Resources and Dam Safety with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Ann McCammon Soltis, Director of the Division of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Jen Vanator, Great Lakes Program Coordinator, both with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), will provide expertise on Tribal government questions. Former Ohio EPA director Craig Butler will help establish connections in Ohio and Indiana.

The interdisciplinary team will use multi-method analysis, including document review, targeted interviews, surveys, and spatial analysis to report on the biophysical, technical, governmental, legal, and social elements of groundwater governance in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio.

Project lead: Carrie Jennings (Freshwater Society)

Contact: Terin Mayer (University of Minnesota)