Water - Goal 4


Active steps help minimize climate change impacts and bolster natural systems to withstand changes in precipitation, temperature and flow. Water conservation and efficient-use practices help maintain natural lake levels and healthy flows in our rivers and streams.

20 YEARS – Michigan is actively monitoring the impacts of climate change on its resources and taking steps to preserve cold-water species and buffer against further disruptions.

10 YEARS The Great Lakes Compact is fully implemented protecting the lakes from adverse impacts and out-of-basin diversion.  Michigan has adopted clean energy policies that are reducing the greenhouse gas output of the state by 3% per year. Michigan maintains healthy flows in 99% of its rivers and streams through local intervention efforts in watersheds of concern.   Adoption of best practices in water conservation are required of all large quantity users (above 100,000 gallons a day). 

2 YEARS Michigan’s water use regulation program is fully funded and basic information on use and return flow are inventoried and monitored on a consistent basis. Michigan continues on its path to carbon reduction through retiring older coal plants and replacing them with clean energy investments.