June 3-11, 2017: Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week

WHEREAS, Michigan is home to more than 11,000 inland lakes, 36,000 miles of rivers and streams, 6.5 million acres of wetlands, 3,200 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 74,000 acres of coastal dunes, and vast groundwater resources; and,

WHEREAS, water is the state’s most significant resource, providing unmatched recreational opportunities, and supplying drinking water resources.  It is vital to the health of our ecosystems and provides our state with economic and social benefits such as recreation, tourism, fishing, manufacturing, and agriculture; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan waterways serve as the great connectors, linking our wetlands and streams to the vast ecosystems of the Great Lakes and beyond, and connecting Michiganders to the world through commerce, industry and recreation; and,

WHEREAS, water links our communities to environments beyond our borders, and Michigan has led in protecting our Great Lakes from aquatic invasive species that spread through ballast water, canals and waterways, organisms in trade, and recreational activity; and,

WHEREAS, water literacy in schools, coupled with community awareness of our valuable water resources will aid in the wise use and management of water; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan seeks to manage our surface water, groundwater and the Great Lakes in a collaborative manner with local, regional, state, tribal, federal, and provincial partners; and,

WHEREAS, the infrastructure to effectively manage our water resources is the platform for a strong economy and healthy community. We recognize the need to maintain and invest in our water infrastructure; and,

WHEREAS, during this week, we encourage Michiganders to learn more about the impact of invasive species in the Great Lakes and other current issues in an effort to become better stewards of our environmental resources, and to protect and preserve water resources for Michigan’s future;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 3-11, 2017 as Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week in Michigan.