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  • Will you paddle along a water trail or join an Adopt-a-Beach team for a local cleanup? Maybe you can collect plastics as you stroll along the beach, or clear storm catch basins in your neighborhood of litter. There are many things everyone can do as part of their daily routines that will benefit Michigan’s water resources.

    Our abundant waters are essential to Michigan’s environmental health, economic vitality and unique freshwater heritage. Everyone can enjoy them, and everyone has a role to play in keeping them healthy. 

    What will you pledge to do? Let us know by sharing your photos and stories about our Great Lakes on social media with #MiGreatLakesWeek.

Make An Impact

From Students to Stewards

  • Students discussing water by a lakeThe From Students to Stewards initiative teaches elementary through high school students about the Great Lakes, Michigan watersheds and the impact people have on water resources across the state. Six Michigan school districts have been chosen to integrate water literacy principles and place-based education into school curricula and their continuous improvement plans. The program includes a toolkit and roadmap that other schools can use to develop their own Great Lakes-based curriculum to cultivate the next generation of water stewards, leaders and decision-makers.

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Great Lakes and Fresh Water Facts

    • The Great Lakes hold about 20 percent of the world’s available freshwater.

    • In Michigan, you are never more than 6 miles away from a lake – and we have more than 11,000!

    • Michigan has more than 3,200 miles of coastline.

    • Our state is home to the world’s largest freshwater dune system.

    • 660,000 Michigan jobs are directly linked to the Great Lakes.