Michigan celebrates Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week

For Immediate Release:
June 3, 2019
Rachel Coale, Outreach Coordinator, CoaleR@Michigan.gov, 517-290-4295
Jill A. Greenberg, EGLE Public Information Officer, GreenbergJ@Michigan.gov, 517-897-4965

Michigan's annual Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week has launched with an official proclamation from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer highlighting the many benefits the state's lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastline and groundwater provide. Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week is celebrated annually statewide, and takes place through June 9 this year.

Fresh water is a significant and vital resource for our state, supporting community vitality, environmental health, recreational enjoyment and sustainable economic opportunities.

EGLE collaborates with partners to protect this resource. The agency assists with the creation of watershed plans, invests in community water infrastructure, supports water quality and stays vigilant to the threat of invasive species. This summer field season, staff will monitor state waters and partner with communities on solutions to water-related issues.

In her proclamation, Whitmer encourages Michiganders to learn about the unique wonders of the Great Lakes, and to get involved by volunteering with a local watershed group, joining a cleanup team, or connecting through fishing, boating or beachgoing.

EGLE will host an interactive Twitter Chat celebrating Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week from noon-1 p.m. June 6, using its @EGLEGreatLakes handle and the hashtag: #GreatLakesChat.

Find Great Lakes and fresh water events at Michigan.gov/GreatLakesWeek.

To stay up to date on other EGLE News, follow us at Michigan.gov/MiEnvironment.

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