State reveals new healthy water plan for Michigan

Posted at 6:34 PM, Jun 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-10 18:34:52-04

The state has unveiled part of a 30-year-plan to make sure there is healthy water in the Great Lakes State.

The Michigan Water Plan was put together by the Department of Environmental Quality's Office of the Great Lakes. The first phase aims to educate the public about the importance of healthy waters.

Gov. Snyder and other state leaders gathered in Harrison Township to discuss the plan on Friday.

Snyder says it lays out goals. They include preventing the spread of invasive species, decreasing phosphorus in western Lake Erie, fighting invasive species, investing in recreation on the water and safe drinking water.

"3.5 million people drink water from Lake St Clair, the St Clair River, or Detroit River," said Jon Allan, MDEQ Director.

"We need to realize that we have made mistakes that hurt our waters, but there are things we can do to remediate," said Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel.