Greening Michigan Institute / Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute1715 Lansing Avenue
As a Water Resources Education professional, Monica helps residents gain confidence in their efforts to protect and restore the freshwater resources of the Great Lakes region. Participants learn:
- where their tap water comes from and how it is treated;
- how to access information on the quality and abundance of their tap water;
- legal protections aimed at preventing great lakes diversions;
- tools for resolving localized water scarcity conflicts;
- practices that reduce the risks of contamination of streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater;
- and about networks to build collective capacity for water resource management.
She joined MSU Extension in March, 2015 after having worked on the MSU campus assisting faculty with grant proposal development at the School of Planning Design and Construction and the Land Policy Institute. She spent two years as a Grant Coordinator at the Michigan DNR’s Natural Resources Trust Fund. Previously she served as the Watershed Coordinator of the Sandusky River Watershed Coalition, based in Fremont, Ohio and as the Stream Quality Monitoring Coordinator on the Maumee and Sandusky Rivers with the Ohio DNR’s Scenic Rivers Program.
She enjoys trying out solutions at the nexus of community, scholarship and science. She, along with her teammates have been awarded: “2016 Gordon Guyer Cross Institute Team Award”, “2015 Science and Practice of Ecology and Society Award” and “1996 Illionois Best Downtown Redevelompent Plan”.
Monica currently coordinates the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: Cooling the Hotspots and serves as the co-coordinator of the Stewardship Network’s Grand-Raisin Cluster which connects individuals and organizations across Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee and Washtenaw Counties.
She has a Master of Science from Michigan State University in Resource Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Ecology from Knox College.