Michigan’s Inland Lakes: A study of the spatial distribution of local policy strength on water clarity
- There have not been large-scale evaluations of the effectiveness of environmental policies for keeping our waters are swimmable, fishable and drinkable
- Currently, no spatial policy database exists for the state of Michigan
- We know little about where in Michigan there are gaps in environmental policies nor where effective environmental ordinances exist, which could promote collaboration among neighboring jurisdictions regarding water quality protection
- Where in Michigan are there gaps and hotspots of environmental policies?
- Are these hotspot areas (those with exceptional local environmental policies) positively correlated with lake water clarity?
- Survey for local government with questions regarding land use planning and zoning and environmental ordinances that are stricter than the state’s laws and regulations
- Create a spatial policy database and maps that identify environmental policy gaps and hotspots
- Add policy data to statistical models relating lake water clarity to natural and human landscape features
Center for Water Sciences
Biologist, US Army Corps of Engineers