Michigan Office of the Great Lakes Releases 2017 State of the Great Lakes Report

Contact: Rachel Coale

The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes today released the 2017 State of the Great Lakes Report, highlighting Great Lakes connections to Michigan’s environment, economy and culture.

The Great Lakes play an essential role in the Michigan way of life. The annual State of the Great Lakes Report produced by the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes reflects on the past year, recognizes accomplishments in protecting and restoring water resources, and identifies obstacles to tackle to ensure healthy natural resources and communities.  

“The State of the Great Lakes Report draws on the expertise of contributors across Michigan to tell the Great Lakes story for 2017,” said Jon W. Allan, director of Michigan’s Office of the Great Lakes.

The 2017 State of the Great Lakes Report is available at this link.

High points in the 2017 report include the 40-year anniversary of Michigan’s Coastal Program, a new Michigan Water School for elected officials and exciting potential applications for autonomous vessels in the Great Lakes for shipping and scientific data collection. It includes tips for community members to make a positive impact on their local water resources, connects to the Michigan Water Strategy and features water-related initiatives across the state.  

Discover how the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes works to support healthy Great Lakes ecosystems and communities at www.michigan.gov/deqogl.