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December 3, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Eastside Community Network
4401 Conner St
Detroit, MI 48215
Cost: Free
Audience: Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty

Water@Wayne Seminar

Dr. Natalie Sampson, Assistant Professor of Public Health

University of Michigan-Dearborn

"We're Just Sitting Ducks:The Opportunities and Challenges of Green Infrastructure as a Public Health Response"



The university community is invited to join WSU's Healthy Urban Waters for the next Water@Wayne seminar on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 6 to 7:00 p.m. at the Eastside Community Network, located at 4401 Conner St., Detroit.

In the Midwest U.S., the amount of precipitation falling in the 1% heaviest precipitation events has increased by 37% since mid-twentieth century. As many Detroiters know, recurrent household flooding is an underreported phenomenon that is particularly overlooked in non-coastal cities and may worsen with climate change. During this session, we will discuss:

  • The health implications of recurrent household flooding based on personal narratives of Detroit residents
  • Ongoing efforts to understand the scale and scope of household flooding in Detroit
  • The potential and performance of neighborhood scale green stormwater infrastructure on vacant land in Detroit

Together, we will discuss key barriers, catalysts, and partnerships for reducing health inequities and managing the intersecting issues of climate change, aging infrastructure, and vacant land reuse.

A reception will immediately follow the seminar.

The seminar is free and open to the public; registration is requested at or call 313-577-3842.


For more information about this event, please contact Jamie Steis Thorsby at 313-577-3842 or