At-home ways to keep water and the Great Lakes healthy

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Presque Isle Black Rocks

June 05, 2018

Supporting healthy Great Lakes for today and the future

A booming water recreation industry, miles of winding water trails, busy beaches and even the smoked fish dip served at family barbecues tell a story of the Michigan way of life, shaped by water and the Great Lakes. 

This Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week, June 2-10, we’re highlighting the importance of caring for our waters so future generations can share this freshwater heritage.

At OGL, we often get asked what people can do at home and in their communities to help protect water. Simple changes can have powerful impacts. Here are a few ideas to get started: 

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At Home:

  • Use best practices to apply lawn fertilizer
  • Plant a rain garden or use a rain barrel
  • Recycle
  • Conserve water with low-flow appliances 
  • Fix leaky pipes
  • Plant a tree
  • Use reusable bags and bottles 
  • Pick up after pets 

Children walk through the woods with a guide learning about nature

In the Community:  

  • Volunteer with a watershed council 
  • Join an Adopt-a-Beach team  
  • Report spills to MDEQ (800-292-4706) 
  • Tell elected officials why water is important to you
  • Advocate for zoning rules that protect water
  • Connect the next generation to nature

The millions of people who live in the Great Lakes watershed share a unique freshwater resource, and stewardship is important so it can be sustained. Water-conscious actions at the federal, state and local levels are essential to keeping our natural resources healthy. 

Learn what Michigan is doing by getting details on the Michigan Water Strategy. Contact Rachel Coale for more information. 

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

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