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Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week celebrates Michigan's water heritage

June 4, 2019

Three young children wearing bright swim suits and goggles stand in the water at Ocqueoc FallsWith more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline and thousands of rivers, wetlands, and inland lakes, the ways to connect with the water are limitless. Will you catch a fish during Free Fishing Weekend, enjoy the Sturgeon Festival, paddle a water trail, play in the sand, or join a beach cleanup team? Find ideas at

Our abundant waters are essential to Michigan's environment, economy and culture. Everyone can enjoy them, and everyone has a role to play in keeping them healthy.

At the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), "Great Lakes" is our department's middle name, and we take our responsibility to protect Michigan's waters seriously. This includes collaboration with federal, state, and local partners to:

  • Restore natural habitat and remediate contaminated waters
  • Prevent pollution and support industry in using sustainable practices
  • Support healthy community waters with grant funding and technical assistance
  • Build capacity and infrastructure to grow recycling rates
  • Assist communities in watershed planning
  • Educate future generations of decision-makers

Celebrate your local waters - whether it's a creek, river, inland lake, wetland, or one of our Great Lakes - by learning about them and making sustainable choices each day.

Follow the conversation on Twitter with #MiGreatLakesWeek and follow EGLE online at

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