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Posted on: June 2, 2023

[ARCHIVED] It's Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week!

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The Great Lakes, along with our smaller lakes and rivers, provide all the freshwater we could ever need. While this water is plentiful, we depend just as much on the water providers and systems responsible for treating and delivering the water we drink, the water that falls, and the water we send down the drain.

The systems that treat our stormwater, wastewater, and drinking water are interrelated. It takes thousands of miles of pipes and a workforce of devoted professionals to cycle water out of our lakes and rivers, through our treatment plants, into our homes, back through wastewater treatment plants, and into our lakes and rivers again.

To keep our water fresh and flowing, it also takes a collective effort of everyone living in Washtenaw to be stewards of our water resources. During Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week and beyond, all residents are encouraged to support water resources with the following tips.

  • Remove garbage, leaves, and other debris from your yard. This will help prevent unwanted debris from entering the storm drain.
  • Keep local storm drains clear. If you notice a storm drain backed up with leaves, lawn clippings, or garbage, remove the debris to allow water to flow freely.
  • Pick up pet waste and dispose of it in the trash.
  • Never fertilize your lawn before a storm event. If possible, reduce the amount of chemicals you apply to your lawn, including pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. View more green lawn care tips here
  • If you can, plant a tree, use a rain barrel, or implement a rain garden at your house. Green infrastructure, such as rain gardens, helps water absorb into the ground, preventing water and pollutant runoff.
  • Help protect your property and community by keeping your valuables off the floor in your basement and avoid using your washing machine during intense storms and flash flooding.
  • Check that your downspouts are directed away from your home to prevent flooding.

By raising awareness, we will inspire people to protect and be champions of the Great Lakes and freshwater. Our call to action is for residents around the state to learn about, enjoy, appreciate, and safeguard this vital resource for current and future generations.

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