June 1 through June 9, 2013: Water Week

WHEREAS, Michigan is home to more than 11,000 inland lakes, more than 36,000 miles of rivers and streams, approximately 5.5 million acres of wetlands, more than 3,200 miles of shoreline, 70,000 acres of protected critical dunes, and provides drinking water to 4 million Michigan residents; and,


WHEREAS, water is the state's most significant resource, with the Great Lakes containing one-fifth of the world's freshwater; and, 


WHEREAS, Michigan's Great Lakes offer business and recreational opportunities, including tourism, fishing, manufacturing and agriculture, which provide our state with many economic and social benefits; and,


WHEREAS, education and community awareness of our most valuable water resource will aid in its conservation, and provide the opportunity for unity among government, environmental groups, businesses and residents all working toward the shared goal of helping Pure Michigan stay pure; and,


WHEREAS, during this week, we encourage Michiganders to enjoy the state's waters and its vast natural resources, but to also learn more about the current water-related issues, including the presence and impact of invasive species in the Great Lakes, in an effort to protect and preserve water resources for Michigan's future;  


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Saturday, June 1 through Sunday, June 9, 2013 as Water Week in Michigan.