In November 2012, Governor Rick Snyder in his Special Message on Energy and Environment called upon the Office of the Great Lakes to lead the development of a comprehensive water strategy that takes an ecosystem approach, enhances our economic opportunities around water and strengthens connection to place. The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes has released the draft Water Strategy that provides a roadmap to achieve a 30 year vision to ensure Michigan’s water resources support healthy ecosystems, citizens, communities, and economies. The Strategy was developed in collaboration with the Departments of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
The draft Water Strategy, “Sustaining Michigan Water Heritage, A Strategy for the Next Generation,” places Michigan on the path to achieving this vision in a way that builds economic capacity while sustaining the ecological integrity of the resource and ensures that water resources are protected, valued and cared for by present and future generations. It is designed to protect, manage and enhance Michigan’s water resources for the benefit of current and future generations.
The Draft strategy was developed through an extensive engagement process that involved a wide array of individuals, communities, organizations, academia, businesses, industries and tribal and local governments across the state. Hundreds of people provided input through regional, community, and individual conversations, a series of presentations, and describing their desires for the future of Michigan’s water resources. The draft Water Strategy reflects the predominant themes heard throughout the public engagement process in its goals, outcomes and recommendations.
The OGL and its partner agencies will be hosting up to five Water Strategy Community Conversations across Michigan to invite comment and discussion on the draft Water Strategy. More information regarding meeting dates and locations will be announced soon.
Related information can be found at www.michigan.gov/waterstrategy.
Comments are due by Friday, August 28, 2015.
Written comments on the draft strategy may be submitted to the Office of the Great Lakes, DEQ, P.O. Box 30473-7973, Lansing, Michigan 48909, by fax at 517-335-4053 or by emailing Mifirstname.lastname@example.org.