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Time running out for public comment on future of Michigan's waterways

Aug 25, 2015

Michiganders have until the end of the week to make suggestions for managing the state’s water resources for the next 30 years.

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Jon Allan is the director of the Office of the Great Lakes in the Department of Environmental Quality.     Allan’s office is producing “Sustaining Michigan Water Heritage, A Strategy for the Next Generation,” a blueprint for protecting and improving Michigan’s water resources.

He says the report includes calls for removing aging dams, reduce phosphorus in Lake Erie and develop a water trails system, among other recommendations. 

“We want to make sure that there’s good work on all those things…not just any one of them,” says Allan, “It is a pretty ambitious set of goals we have.”

Allan says the public has been weighing in since the 160 page draft report was made public earlier this year.

“Some people wanted more emphasis on climate….some people wanted less emphasis on other things,” says Allan.

The public input will be incorporated into the final report.

Allan says the final report is due by the end of the year.