MWSP Residential Stewardship
More than 150,000 Michigan residents have been reached on a variety of environmental stewardship topics. The educational interactions are designed to encourage the voluntary adoption of watershed best management practices and behaviors that will protect our water quality and natural resources. This informational website and online training program is the latest addition targeting residential populations and promoting environmental stewardship.
Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) Technical Assistance
MAEAP water stewardship technicians provide environmental risk assessments of management practices, structures and site conditions at farm headquarters. Technicians work with producers throughout the state to develop and implement management plans to prevent contamination of water at farm headquarters, production fields, orchards, nurseries, greenhouses and livestock operations.
Agricultural producers who participate in the program can become environmentally assured through the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). Environmental assurance indicates the farm is in conformance with state and federal environmental laws and guidelines, and that it is protecting Michigan’s important natural resources for the use of future generations.
The Conservation Technical Assistance Initiative (CTAI) focuses on best management practice implementation and construction inspection to implement a variety of agricultural practices that are funded under the USDA farm bill in Michigan. These practices may include, but are not limited to, pest management, nutrient management, prescribed grazing, irrigation water management and tree/shrub establishment.
Abandoned wells pose a health risk by acting as a conduit for contaminated surface water to move directly down into drinking water aquifers. Environmental risk assessments and financial assistance from MWSP have resulted in the closure of more than 7,000 unused/unusable wells.
Abandoned well prior to
sealing and closure
Unused and unwanted pesticides are properly disposed of through the MWSP sponsored Clean Sweep program. More than 1.5 million pounds of chemicals have been removed from storage barns to other risky locations and properly disposed of in the past decade.