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E-M:/ State Forms Clean Water Corps

LANSING - While they demonstrated how to conduct a simple test on a
sample of water from the Grand River in downtown Lansing, Lt. Governor
John D. Cherry and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Director
Steven Chester today announced the formation of the Michigan Clean Water
Corps (MCWC).
The MCWC, as created by an Executive Order signed this morning by
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, will serve as an advisory body within the
DEQ and will be comprised of statewide volunteer networks to assist in
water monitoring and testing programs. Director Chester, or his
designee, will serve as chair of the MCWC, and the DEQ will help solicit
and organize volunteers around the state to participate in water quality
monitoring activities.
Announcement of the formation of the MCWC comes during Water Monitoring
Month which was declared September 18 through October 18 by Governor
Granholm. Water Monitoring Month is in official recognition of the 31st
anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act.
"Michigan's water is not only one of our most prominent attributes, it
is undoubtedly among the state's most valuable resources," said Cherry.
"Compared to the rest of the nation, our lakes and streams have been
maintained well and are of exceptional quality. It is within the
state's best interest to enable the citizens to keep the water clean and
beautiful for many future generations to enjoy, and that will be the
primary mission of the Clean Water Corps."
The MCWC will assist the DEQ in gathering and exchanging reliable and
meaningful water quality data for water resources management and
protection programs at the state and local level. Building upon the
existing volunteer water monitoring programs already established by the
DEQ, the MCWC will work to advise and aid in educating Michigan citizens
about water quality issues and promote the need for citizens to play an
active role in protecting the state's water resources.
Cherry and Chester also demonstrated water testing kits that will be
made available to the network of volunteer organizations on National
Water Quality Monitoring Day on October 18 to help monitor water quality
in Michigan's lakes, rivers and streams.
For further information, please visit www.michigan.gov/gov for the full
Executive Order concerning the creation of the MCWC.
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