Christopher Askew-Merwin

Senior Policy Analyst

Christopher Askew-Merwin is the Senior Policy Analyst for Water Programs at the Northeast-Midwest Institute. In this role, Chris works on issues of water quality and the impact that conservation and climate change can have on our water resources. Chris also works on climate change adaptation avenues such as green infrastructure and urban water issues including rate structures and water contaminants. Alongside research and analysis, Chris works with Congressional offices and partner organizations on policy and science education as well as collaboration on these issues.

Chris received a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Science in Environment and Sustainability from the University of Michigan where he specialized in climate change adaptation and urban water issues including unaffordable water rate structures in the city of Detroit, MI and the spread of illnesses following the lead water crisis in Flint, MI.

Areas of Expertise –

Water Quality

  • Watershed protection
  • Point and non-point source pollution
  • Flooding and extreme weather impacts

Safe Drinking Water

  • Lead in water
  • Biological contaminants
  • Rates and affordability

Climate Change

  • Mitigation
  • Adaptation
  • Green infrastructure

Public Policy and Opinion

  • Domestic programs
  • Triple-bottom line decision-making (environmental, economic, social)
  • Public opinion on water