Chart 14 - Water Quality in Michigan Rivers and Streams

Michigan has a superior record in monitoring water quality and has impressive results to report. While all 50 states taken together only assessed 17 percent of their rivers and streams in the 1996 National Water Quality Inventory, Michigan assessed 40 percent. As Charts 14 and 15 show, 93 percent of assessed rivers, streams, and lakes were deemed "fully supporting," which means that they are safe for both swimming and fishing.