July 19, 2015: 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,” and where the waters, fishes, plants, and wildlife continue to provide a sense of identity and continuity with the nations’ history; and,

WHEREAS, In addition to serving cultural, tribal, recreation, and tourism 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 remind citizens that many are responsible for protecting and maintaining the beauty of Lake Superior’s waters, shores, and wildlife; we encourage Michigan citizens and visitors alike to acknowledge and celebrate the grand Lake Superior;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim  July 19, 2015 as Lake Superior Day in Michigan.