Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel announced Friday he has formed a new Water Resources Advisory Council to support his New Blue Economy initiative for the county.
The 22-member council comprised of members of the public and private sector will concentrate on water quality, water access and water attractions along Lake St. Clair and the Clinton River.
"We are embracing the passion of these residents, business and policy leaders as we work toward keeping our waterways free of debris, pollution and our beaches open," Hackel said in a release. "Making Lake St. Clair and the Clinton River more accessible to people so that they become destination points for tourism and commerce will also be part of our comprehensive focus."
This is the first advisory group formed by Hackel and will support clean water, tourism, recreation and economic development along Lake St. Clair and the Clinton River.
The council includes representatives from government, higher education, environmental agencies, economic development and private industries.
Members of the council include: Hackel; Board of Commissioners chair Kathy Vosburg; Steve Remias, Michigan Boating Industry Association; Luanne Lammerman, Macomb County environmental prosecutor and Gary White, Macomb County Health Department.
"I look forward to working with the new Macomb County Water Resources Advisory Council to protect our waterways and to maximize the quality of life attributes and investment opportunities they offer our county," Hackel said.