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March 9, 2017 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Purdy/Kresge Library Room 0110 | Map
5265 Cass
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Water@Wayne Seminar on March 9, 2017 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Purdy Kresge Auditorium, Room 0110. The guest speaker will be Cheryl Porter, J.D., Chief Operating Officer, Great Lakes Water Authority.

Ms. Porter will present, "From Stand-up to Sustainability: The Story of the Great Lakes Water Authority."

Previously, Ms. Porter was the COO of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD). At DWSD, Ms. Porter was the Water Production and Operations Manager.  She holds an F-1 Water Filtration Treatment Plant Operator license with the State of Michigan. She began her career with DWSD in 1996 as a Junior Chemist and advanced over the years. She earned a B.S. degree from the University of Michigan, an MBA with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Madonna University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Detroit Mercy.


The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) is a regional water and sewer authority that services nearly 40 percent of the water customers in Michigan. On June 12, 2015, history was made as the Great Lakes Water Authority and the City of Detroit entered into a 40-year lease agreement providing for GLWA’s operation of the regional water and sewer system. On January 1, 2016, GLWA began regional operations.  GLWA is an important example of regional collaboration in southeast Michigan, with the City of Detroit, the counties of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb, and the State of Michigan, officially uniting to ensure that both city and suburban water and sewer customers have a powerful voice in the management and direction of one of the largest water and wastewater utilities in the United States.

GLWA’s vision is to be the Service Provider of choice in Southeast Michigan, and plans to achieve that vision by fulfilling the mission to exceed customer expectations utilizing best practices in the treatment and transmission of water and wastewater, while promoting healthy communities and economic growth. The first steps of that journey begins with Master Planning, Capital Improvement Programs and Asset Management.

Ms. Porter will share, from her perspective, how this important new regional authority was formed and how it is working to continue to provide its customers with the highest quality drinking water in the nation.

A meet and greet will immediately follow the seminar.

For more information about this event, please contact Julie O'Connor at 313-577-8845 or julie.oconnor@wayne.edu.