Michigan's Blue Economy

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Portage Lake on the Keweenaw Waterway, Michigan
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When people think of Michigan's economy, they generally think of places like Detroit and Flint, and of the state's once great automobile manufacturing sites. But Martina Guzmán of WDET takes a closer look at the economic benefits of one of the Great Lakes State's most tried and true resources: water.

With over 3,000 miles of shoreline, the state's lakes and beaches attract millions in tourism. But more recently, with local businesses and universities investing more in new methods of everything from water filtration systems to ecosystem management, water is fast becoming the focus of much of Michigan's most innovative economic projects.