Water Management Practices

Protecting and preserving the Great Lakes State’s precious water resources is truly a team effort. On the regulatory side, state agencies such as the Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development take the lead. Private sportsmen and conservation groups – including but certainly not limited to Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Trout Unlimited, Michigan Steelheaders and Ducks Unlimited – are also important partners in helping keep our waters healthy for recreational use.

Water management and conservation practices include:

Michiganders are rightfully proud and protective of our water resources. Each year, thousands of volunteers demonstrate their devotion to Michigan’s outdoor heritage by participating in cleanups of rivers and streams. These events, which are often organized by groups such as Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Trout Unlimited chapters, Michigan Steelheaders and watershed groups, improve both the appearance and health of waterways. Volunteers haul away unsightly trash, such as old tires and paint cans, that can harm wildlife and degrade fisheries. They also remove harmful vegetation that can choke streams or affect water flow. In addition, cleanup events help connect people to our beautiful resources and allow them to serve as citizen observers who can report wildlife sightings and other information that helps fisheries, wildlife and forestry managers do their job.