From forests to faucet, Michigan DNR starts new clean-water initiativeThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources has started a Forest to MI Fa...From forests to faucet, Michigan DNR starts new clean-water initiative
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has started a Forest to MI Faucet initiative to protect the state's drinking water by encouraging more sustainable forest land use and management.
Forests cover over half of Michigan's land area and most of the state's watersheds flow through one before reaching a river or lake and eventually the your faucet, land use experts say.
Clean drinking water is closely tied to the health of the land it flows through, according to Mike Smalligan, forest stewardship coordinator with the DNR and head of the initiative.
"As water is passing through land, it's going to be impacted by how that land is managed," Smalligan said. "So forests are better than other land uses like urban areas, industrial areas, agricultural areas ... When water passes through those land uses, the water is picking up more pollutants and contaminants, and introducing that into the surface and groundwater."