June 8 through June 16, 2013: Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week

WHEREAS, Michigan and its economy are defined by the Great Lakes, and depend on its great abundance of freshwater for manufacturing, tourism, fishing, public water supplies, agriculture, and numerous other uses; and,


WHEREAS, preventing the introduction of aquatic invasive species ultimately benefits our state, and stopping the introduction of these species would eliminate the need for government, business and industry to employ costly methods to control and manage them; and,


WHEREAS, Michigan has taken the lead in protecting the Great Lakes from aquatic invasive species from a number of pathways, including ballast water, canals and waterways, organisms in trade, and recreational activities; and,


WHEREAS, more than 180 nonindigenous aquatic invasive species have been introduced to the Great Lakes, many of which are displacing native species, disrupting habitats and degrading natural, managed and agricultural landscapes, resulting in millions of dollars for control efforts each year; and,


WHEREAS, during this week, we join with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to raise awareness of aquatic invasive species in Michigan; we urge businesses, industries, environmental groups, community organizations and all Michiganders to increase understanding and awareness of aquatic invasive species and their environmental and ecological impact on the beautiful natural resources of Pure Michigan;  


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Saturday, June 8 through Sunday, June 16, 2013 as Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week in Michigan.