June 9 through June 17, 2012: Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week

WHEREAS, Michigan and its economy are defined by the Great Lakes and depend on its great abundance of freshwater for manufacturing, tourism, fishing, public water supplies, agriculture, and numerous other uses; and,


WHEREAS, preventing the introduction of aquatic invasive species ultimately benefits our state, and stopping the introduction of these species would eliminate the need for government, business, industry and citizens to employ costly methods to control and manage them; and,


WHEREAS, more than 180 non-indigenous aquatic invasive species have been introduced to the Great Lakes, many of which are displacing native species, disrupting habitats and degrading natural, managed and agricultural landscapes, resulting in millions of dollars for control efforts each year; and,


WHEREAS, Michigan has more than 1 million registered boaters and many other recreational, commercial and industrial users of the state's more than 11,000 lakes and 36,000 miles of streams, many of which are impacted by aquatic invasive species; and,


WHEREAS, during this week, we join with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to raise awareness of aquatic invasive species in Michigan; we encourage businesses, industries, environmental groups, community organizations and all Michigan citizens to learn more about aquatic invasive species in an effort to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species in our state;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Saturday, June 9 through Sunday, June 17, 2012 as Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week in Michigan.