June 2-10, 2018: Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week

WHEREAS, Michigan is home to more than 11,000 inland lakes, tens of thousands of 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 our state’s most significant resource, providing unmatched social and economic value by supplying drinking water and providing our state with benefits such as recreation, tourism, fishing, manufacturing, transportation, and agriculture; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan waterways serve as the great connectors, linking the vast wetland, dune, coastal and aquatic 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 places and environments beyond our borders, and Michigan has led in protecting our Great Lakes from aquatic invasive species; and,

WHEREAS, the Great Lakes system is the largest body of fresh water in the world, and requires stewardship, water literacy in schools, and community awareness of our valuable water resources that will aid in the wise use and management of water; and,

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

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

WHEREAS, during this week, we encourage Michiganders to learn more about the unique wonders of our Great Lakes resources vital for Michigan’s future;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 2-10, 2018 as Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week in Michigan.