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State officials release 2nd part of water protection plan

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LANSING, MI (AP) -

State officials have released the second part of a 30-year plan to manage, protect and improve Michigan's water resources.

The Department of Environmental Quality's Office of the Great Lakes developed the strategy. The portion announced Wednesday says that there should be an increased focus on sustainable expansion of water recreation and water-based business.

The focus includes renewing waterfronts and improving the state's commercial and recreational harbors.

Michigan Office of the Great Lakes Director Jon Allan says in a statement that: "Care for our natural resources and investment in sustainable water-based industries will benefit Michigan citizens and play a key role in moving the state forward."

The initial phase announced in June includes educating citizens about the importance of healthy waters while nurturing and restoring aquatic ecosystems.

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