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Michigan State University
Spartan Sagas
William Wenk
Alumnus, 1969
Denver, Colorado
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William Wenk

Better world? Begin with better drains.

Alumnus, 1969
Denver, Colorado


Bill Wenk would be the first to admit his mind is often in the gutter. The landscape architect is committed to reinventing the storm drain in a way that turns wastewater into a valuable resource for public landscapes.

Wenk, who grew up on a farm in Michigan, always has cared about the land, but he had no idea where that would take him when he first arrived at MSU.

Today, Wenk, who earned his degree in landscape architecture, leads Wenk Associates Inc., a firm that specializes in integrating storm water into parks and public spaces. He and his colleagues work with communities around the country and the world that are investing in drainage systems–helping them transform urban landscapes into green settings that are aesthetically pleasing and that function in harmony with the environment.