LANSING — A current ‘Do Not Eat’ fish advisory issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) already covering several bodies of water in the state was expanded today to include all fish in Belleville Lake after harmful algae blooms were found in Belleville and Ford Lakes. In response to the advisory, state Rep. Kristy Pagan (D-Canton) issued the following statement:

“The DHHS advisory is the latest in a series of revelations about the state of water in Michigan, resulting in families in my district being uncertain about the safety of the water around them. As a strong advocate for Great Lakes protection, we have a responsibility to ensure the water now and for future generations is clean and safe. Lawmakers who serve in the majority have been neglecting this duty for years, and these environmental disasters are the result. ‘Pure Michigan’ should be more than an advertising line – how many more bodies of water need to be deemed unsafe or how many more children will be exposed to poison in their water before action is taken? We can no longer ignore the blatant abuse of our environmental regulations. It is time we get to work immediately to enact much-needed reforms and protect our state’s most precious natural resource, our water.”