WHEREAS, water is a basic and essential need of humankind, upon which our health, comfort and standard of living depend; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan is blessed with nearly 40,000 square miles of Great Lakes water, 11,000 inland lakes, and 36,000 miles of rivers and streams; and,
WHEREAS, preserving and protecting this precious resource is of the utmost importance to the citizens of Michigan as responsible stewards of the environment; and,
WHEREAS, the Michigan Section of the American Water Works Association and the Michigan Water Environment Association are observing Water Quality Awareness Week during the first full week of May to call attention to water as a vital natural resource and to promote increased awareness about protection of this resource;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby declare May 4 – 10, 2014, as Water Quality Awareness Week in Michigan.