July, 2014: Smart Irrigation Month

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan recognizes that water is a finite resource that is vital to human life;

WHEREAS, well-maintained green spaces are important to the health and well being of communities and individuals;

WHEREAS, abundant supplies of affordable food and fiber raise the standard of living for all citizens;

WHEREAS, appropriate irrigation technology, combined with best practices, can significantly reduce water usage and runoff while creating healthy lawns, landscaping, and sports turf; and

WHEREAS, appropriate irrigation technology, combined with best practices, can significantly improve water-use efficiency and reduce runoff while achieving greater agricultural yields per acre foot of water used;

WHEREAS, July is a peak month for the use of water for irrigation;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do herby proclaim July, 2014 as Smart Irrigation Month in Michigan.