Clean, affordable drinking water and healthy Great Lakes

“The health of our communities and the strength of our economy depend on the fundamentals of clean air, safe water, and nutritious food. Every Michigander deserves the opportunity to be successful, starting with their health. That means protecting the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the soil in which we grow.” Governor Whitmer

Water defines every aspect of Michiganders’ way of life – from how we work to how we play, and from what we eat to what we drink. Ensuring long-term sustainability of our water is critical to our economy and our quality of life.

The Great Lakes are one of the most important natural resources on Earth. They contain 20 percent of the world’s freshwater – supplying water to Michigan’s 11,000 inland lakes and 76,000 miles of inland rivers – and they sustain a wide variety of fish and wildlife species.

We need to get to work and clean up our drinking water, conserve our natural resources, improve our outdoor quality of life, and grow our blue economy. That plan must deliver:

  • Safe, affordable drinking water
  • Pollution free lakes and streams
  • Quality middle class jobs