Fresh Water is Michigan’s Greatest Resource
Michigan is home to 21% of the world’s fresh water supply. Businesses connected to the Great Lakes also provide more than 25% of Michigan’s payroll. Several of Michigan’s largest industries rely heavily on fresh water, including tourism, agriculture, and commercial fishing.
Tourism: Michigan’s tourism industry is booming and is currently valued at more than $22.8 billion. Tourism spending around the brewing industry alone - which heavily depends on clean water - contributes $10.5 billion annually to the State’s economy.
Agriculture: Michigan produces more than 300 farm commodities, resulting in us being the second most diverse agricultural state in the country. With 52,194 Michigan farms; total employment for this sector is an estimated 923,000.
Boating, Fishing & Hunting: Many Michigan cities thrive on the boating, fishing and hunting, providing more than 70,000 jobs and producing about $10 billion dollars of income every year for the state.
Clean Water is the Foundation of Business
Businesses through the state - from breweries to lakefront hotels - rely on clean water to do business. Without protecting this resource, we’re putting these businesses at risk.
“The opportunity for the Great Lakes States to thrive economically, as a center of innovation, and as an environmentally sustainable, clean-green playground for our nation’s people to live and work is unrivaled.” SAYS XXXXXXX
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“Our state has been gaining the reputation for having bad water...This isn’t the type of thing that makes us comfortable in the brewing business.”
Larry Bell (Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo)