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.