Schematic representation
of plan
to Link India's Rivers




Funded Rackham International Partnership Proposal

Partnership Products

Indian Inter-linking of Rivers: A Preliminary Evaluation
[M.Sci. Group Project, 2005]

HEC-HMS model of the Ganges River Watershed
[M.Sci. Group Project, 2005]

Omair et al. 2005
Journal of the International Institute

Modeling the Efficacy of the Ganga Action Plan...
[M.S.Thesis, 2006]

Assessment of the Indian River Linking Plan: A Closer Look at the Ken-Betwa Pilot Link

[ M.Sci. Group Project, 2007]


talks, slides, other resources resources

UM Ganga (Ganges) River Partnership Project

Coming soon: Four chapters in the soon-to-be published book Inter-Linking Rivers in India: Issues and Concerns, edited by Mirza, Ahmed and Ahmad (publ: Taylor & Francis, London ) are from SNRE Ganga-related Masters' Projects...

Since 2002 our faculty and students have been developing collaborative relationships with colleagues and organizations in India to promote scientific and sustainable water resource development in one of the World's most prized river systems: the Ganga.


Supported initially by seed monies from the Rackham International Partnership Program, UM-SNRE Research Assosciate M. Omair and Prof. Mike Wiley held a series of exploratory meetings in Northern India in December 2002, co-hosted by Dr. Ram Boojh (CEE-North, Ministry of Environment & Forests ), Prof. R.K. Sinha (Patna University), and Mr. M. Ehtesham (National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development, and president of a development-oriented NGO in Patna). UM scientists met with potential research and conservation partners in Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, and Patna to discuss the current status of the Ganga River, parallels between the water-rich Lautentian Great Lakes and Gangan Basin regions, and opportunities for collaborative research and conservation work. Limited sampling in Lucknow, Varanasi, and Patna provided us with a first-hand look at water quality and invertebrate organisms in the Ganga. A preliminary analysis of zooplankton samples taken in Patna during this trip uncovered a high incidence of tumor-like abnormalities of the type being reported in stressed systems around the world. For further information see Omair et al. 2005.

Since that intial visit, nine students focusing their research requirements on issues related to the Ganga have made 4 trips to the basin and to date completed two group Masters Projects examining issues related to India's controversial Indian River Linkage (IRL) plan, and an M.S.thesis (2006) analysing the successes and failures of the Ganga Action Plan.