Celebrate Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week

Will you paddle along a water trail, fish a local river or lake, or stroll along your favorite trail this week or before summers end?  If so, maybe you can take a moment while you’re enjoying nature’s beauty to collect any unsightly trash you may come upon.

Our abundant waters are essential to Michigan’s environmental health, economic vitality, and unique freshwater heritage.  Everyone can enjoy them, and everyone has a role to play in keeping them healthy not only during Water Week but throughout the year.

Below are just a few simple steps you can take to keep our waters clean and fresh.

  • Keep pollution out of storm drains and ditches
  • Sweep any fertilizer and grass clippings that fall on a paved surface back onto your yard
  • Pick-up pet waste and dispose of it in the trash
  • Wash your car at a car wash
  • Install a rain garden at your house to help water absorb into the ground
  • Carefully store and dispose of household cleaners, chemicals, and oil
  • Practice good car care by fixing any leaks

Following these simple steps will help keep our rivers, lakes, and streams clean today and for years to come.

For more information on what you can do to protect our precious waters, please visit the following websites:




Shawn Keenan, City Planner

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