Celebrate Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week June 2-10

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June 1, 2018

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Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week a time to explore, enjoy state’s water heritage

Life in Michigan – whether you live, work or play here – has always been tied to our abundance of rivers, lakes and streams. Next month, as Michigan celebrates Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week, June 2-10, it’s the right time to learn more about the world’s largest collection of fresh-water resources and ways to enjoy and protect them.

Michigan’s dunes, wetlands, rivers, lakes and coasts are defining features of the state’s environment, economy and culture. Michigan continues to lead the way – through tools like the Michigan Water Strategy – in work to prevent aquatic invasive species, revitalize waterfront communities, and connect people to water resources by expanding public access and water trails.

“Michigan’s Great Lakes and fresh-water resources are part of our heritage,” said Jon W. Allan, Director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes. “Nowhere else in the world offers our volume and quality of fresh water to swim, fish, paddle and play in, and we must protect it for future generations.”  

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 There are many ways to take part in Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week. Will you land a trout during Free Fishing Weekend? Stroll the riverwalk at Sturgeon Festival in Port Huron? Paddle a water trail? Join an Adopt-a-Beach team for a local cleanup? If you’re not sure where to start, talking with a local watershed council is a great way to learn more about waters near you!

Visit www.michigan.gov/GreatLakesWeekto see the official proclamation and find fresh-water facts and fun events in your area.

Share stories of the Great Lakes and Michigan’s waters on social media with #MiGreatLakesWeek. 

The Office of the Great Lakes works in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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