July 17, 2016: Lake Superior Day

WHEREAS, as one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes, Lake Superior is a magnificent and essential part of the life quality and economic vitality of the villages, towns, cities, and counties along its shores and in the surrounding basin; and,

WHEREAS, the Lake Superior basin is home to more than 80 species of fish, including salmon, brook trout, whitefish, and northern pike; and, 

WHEREAS, the Anishinaabeg refer to Lake Superior as “Gitchi-Gami,” a place where the water, fish, plants, and wildlife continue to provide a sense of identity; and,

WHEREAS, in addition to serving cultural, tribal and recreational activities, Lake Superior has been a vital link in the Great Lakes Waterway, providing a route for the transportation of iron ore and other manufactured mined resources; and,

WHEREAS, on this day, we are reminded that many are responsible for protecting and maintaining the beauty of Lake Superior’s waters, shores and wildlife. We encourage Michigan residents and visitors alike to acknowledge and celebrate the grand Lake Superior;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim July 17, 2016 as Lake Superior Day in Michigan.