Michigan House Bill 5532 Sponsored by Rep. Julie Rogers

We are pleased to announce that HB 5532 was introduced on February 28, 2024 by Michigan State House Representative Julie Rogers (D) Kalamazoo with bipartisan support. It will require watercraft in “wake sport mode” to be 500 feet or more from a shore or dock and at a depth of 20 feet or more. Rep. Rogers is a friend to Michigan’s environment and has introduced or co-sponsored several bills this session dealing with issues that impact Michigan’s inland waterways.

MLSA applauds Rep. Rogers and the bipartisan co-sponsors who recognize the impact that wakes from such vessels have on shoreline erosion, damage to shoreline structures, bottomland/vegetation degradation, and destruction of fisheries.

We wanted to share this important news with you as soon as possible. We do not have additional details as this time. Stay tuned for the next MLSA newsletter and check our website for updates on the path of this critical legislation.

If you wish to contact your Representative to discuss this legislation, find your State Representative here.

MLSA is part of an amalgamation of statewide riparian organizations across the country who are aligned to engage in research and to educate the public on the need for common-sense regulations to protect our riparian environment and lakes and streams.

In case you missed our original email, you can read it here: https://mailchi.mp/mymlsa.org/boat-wake-legislation-2024

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