June 2 through June 10, 2012: Water WeekWHEREAS, contributing many social and economic benefits to our state such as tourism, fishing, manufacturing and agriculture, water is Michigan's most significant resource, and the Great Lakes contain one-fifth of the world's surface freshwater; and,
WHEREAS, not only is water crucial for human health, but it is also essential for the health of Michigan's ecosystem; and,
WHEREAS, the spring and summer seasons initiate recreational water activities in Michigan, and with more than 7,000 miles of streams in which to canoe or 13,000 miles of trout waters in which to fish, visitors and Michigan citizens alike can enjoy numerous activities involving our state's waters; and,
WHEREAS, during this week, we encourage all citizens to enjoy Michigan's waters and the vast natural resources of our state, but to also learn more about the current water-related issues, including the presence and impact of invasive species in the Great Lakes, in an effort to protect and preserve water resources for Michigan's future;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Saturday, June 2 through Sunday, June 10, 2012 as Water Week in Michigan.