WHEREAS, the state of Michigan recognizes that water is a finite resource that is vital to human life; and,
WHEREAS, well-maintained green spaces are important to the health and well being of communities and individuals; and,
WHEREAS, abundant supplies of affordable food and fiber raise the standard of living for all residents; and,
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; and,
WHEREAS, July is a peak month for the use of water for irrigation;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim July 2016 as Smart Irrigation Month in Michigan.