Great Lakes & Fresh Water Week

Did you know this week is Great Lakes & Fresh Water Week?

Michigan’s annual Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week has launched with an official proclamation from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer highlighting the many benefits the state’s lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastline and groundwater provide. As you know, fresh water is a significant and vital resource for our state, supporting community vitality, environmental health, recreational enjoyment and sustainable economic opportunities.

EGLE collaborates with partners to protect this resource. The agency assists with the creation of watershed plans, invests in community water infrastructure, supports water quality and stays vigilant to the threat of invasive species. This summer field season, staff will monitor state waters and partner with communities on solutions to water-related issues.

See the official proclamation today.

Print out the EGLE’s Great Lakes Word Search for kids.

So how can you enjoy the fresh water in West Michigan?

Come to the 2019 Macatawa Water Festival held on Holland’s Windmill Island!!

Over 30 community partners and sponsors will come together to offer water activities and educational experiences designed to engage both young and old to learn about restoring and preserving our lake and watershed. Kayak or bike around the island, fish for trout (youth under 17yrs old), learn about native and invasive plants and perform water quality experiments. Meijer will provide seasonal fresh fruit from local farmers!

Volunteers are welcome. Register online or contact Ashley Van Zee (616) 368-9289 or for more information.

No registration necessary for the general event.