Michigan is known as “The Great Lakes State” because our land borders approximately 20% of the world’s freshwater. The very shape of our state is defined by this water that surrounds us. In order to uphold our name, we must value and protect our water resources, including our inland lakes, streams, wetlands, rivers, and marshlands. Many of our industries, recreational opportunities and wildlife depend on a steady supply of clean, unpolluted freshwater. Furthermore, the drinking water that sustains our population comes from these freshwater sources.
The issues presented in this section recognize the importance of ensuring our drinking water stays safe, and the water we love remain unpolluted.