June 6, 2013 — Like so many residents of Southeast Michigan and folks across the rest of the state, I relish our abundance of natural water resources. I have spent many days enjoying the rivers and lakes of Washtenaw County with my grandchildren, and I hope that their futures hold the opportunity to do the same with their grandchildren.
To ensure that we fulfill our duty as stewards of the region’s waterways, SEMCOG and the Southeast Michigan Partners for Clean Water are celebrating Water Week for the eighth consecutive year. This occasion, which spans June 1-9, incorporates events that emphasize fun and conservation.
Governor Snyder has extended Water Week to a statewide event, encouraging “Michiganders to enjoy the state’s waters and the immense natural resources of our state, and to also learn more about the current water-related issues, including the presence and impact of invasive species, in an effort to protect and preserve water resources for Michigan’s future.”
In addition to participating in one or more of this week’s events, I encourage you to consider the Seven Simple Steps to Clean Water:
- Help keep pollution out of storm drains
- Fertilize caringly
- Carefully store and dispose of household cleaners, chemicals, and oil
- Clean up after your pet
- Practice good car care
Taking these steps will not only conserve our natural resources, they might save you some money in the process, and enable future generations to enjoy what we do now.
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