Hidden Water

Arial Shogren, Jay Zarnetske, the Michigan State University (MSU) Watershed Science & Hydroecology Lab in partnership with the MSU Shadows Project
How much water is used to produce the t-shirt you’re wearing? Your cup of coffee? Hidden Water aims to increase public awareness of some of the connections water has to our everyday lives. Look into the series of wooden boxes to reveal the amount of water used to produce common objects. This exhibit was created by members of the MSU Watershed Sciences & Hydroecology Lab in collaboration with the Sustainable Wood Recovery Initiative and the MSU Shadows Collection, which partners with Michigan artisans to repurpose campus trees into handmade, heirloom-quality works of art. 
About the contributor(s): 
Jay Zarnetske (@Hydro_DoctorJ) is a professor of Hydrological Sciences at MSU in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. His passion for fresh water resources and his research on watershed hydrology has enabled him to work with and assist scientists and policy makers around the world. His motto is: “Water connects us all, study it!” 
 
Arial Shogren (@DrArialShogren) is a post-doctoral associate in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at MSU researching the movement of carbon and nutrients through watersheds. She is intrigued by the universal connection we all feel to water.
 
Other contributors: Quercus Hamlin is a grad student at MSU studying water quality in the Great Lakes Basin. He also is an artist who enjoys drawing and painting, as well as integrating digital scientific tools into his art. Sherry Martin is a Limnologist/Hydroecologist in the Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences at MSU. She is interested in the hidden links between land use, nutrients and aquatic ecosystems. Sam Cairns, Megan Duda, and Chenxi Li are undergraduate students from MSU working in the Watershed Science & Hydroecology lab.
 
MSU Shadows: Sponsored by MSU Department of Forestry, MSU Shadows mills lumber and creates items made from salvaged trees removed from campus from decline, storm damage, or campus construction. The program enhances campus sustainability and supports student educational programs in forestry and urban wood recovery.