Michigan has more freshwater coastline than anywhere in the world. From the greatest lake to the smallest creek, these waters are the very essence of our state, providing recreation, drinking water, and economic opportunity. There is no Pure Michigan without our pure waters.
But we’re struggling to keep it that way.
From Oscoda to Parchment to Ann Arbor, residents are discovering PFAS in drinking water. Residents continue to deal with health issues and shattered trust in the wake of the Flint Water Crisis. This spring, farmers across the state slogged through one of the wettest planting seasons on record. Shoreline communities reliant on tourism spent much of the summer trying to combat high water levels swallowing their beaches. Invasive species trouble the Great Lakes. Line 5 is the epicenter of debate about Great Lakes pipelines. Michigan faces major water infrastructure needs when economically challenged families already struggle with water costs.
This fall, Bridge’s nonprofit publisher The Center for Michigan is hitting the road, hosting dozens of town halls statewide to hear what residents’ waters priorities are. As part of this initiative, Bridge has collected our coverage of Michigan’s many waterways in one spot so it’s easy to stay up to date on Michigan’s waterways.
The Center for Michigan's "Your Water, Your Voice" campign will run from September 3 to November 15, 2019.