July 2017: Lakes Appreciation Month

WHEREAS, lakes are among Michigan’s most valuable natural resources; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan’s landscape is home to more than 11,000 inland lakes and Michigan’s boundaries are shaped by four of the five Great Lakes with over 3,000 miles of shoreline; and,

WHEREAS, these lakes and shorelines are critical resources to Michigan’s environment and quality of life, providing sources of drinking water, irrigation, energy, commerce, recreation, scenic beauty and habitat for fish and wildlife; and,

WHEREAS, these beneficial uses have been of vital importance to Michigan’s history, growth and financial health; and,

WHEREAS, these lakes and shorelines are ranked among the best in the nation in regards to water quality and biological diversity and integrity with healthy native plant and animal communities; and,

WHEREAS, invasive species and nutrient stressors continue to threaten the health of our lakes and shorelines; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Natural Resources administer programs to monitor lakes, manage the fisheries, permit aquatic invasive species control activities and promote best land management practices at the shorelines and shore lands; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership engages state and local agencies, Native American Nations, outreach institutions (universities and other educational institutions), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses, industries and citizens in a collaborative effort to ensure the quality, sustainability and ecological diversity of lakes, while considering society’s needs, and,

WHEREAS, maintaining the health of our lakes and shorelines is the responsibility of every citizen, and through the Michigan Clean Water Corps, community volunteers have been organized and trained as lake monitors, bringing education, resources and assistance to lake properties and their owners across the state; and,

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan recognizes the need to protect these lakes and shorelines for future generations;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim July 2017 as Lakes Appreciation Month in Michigan.