By Paul J. Sniadecki, MLSA Board Director

On Tuesday November 27, 2018, MLSA President Mike Gallagher traveled to Lansing to participate in the Public Meeting about SB 1136, which seeks to establish a fund for the eradication and control of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in Michigan’s inland lakes.

President Gallagher informed the Committee about the accelerating rate of new AIS infestations, and the high financial cost riparians are burdened with when they try to control/eradicate AIS.

Representatives of the following organizations testified in support of the bill: Michigan Aquatic Managers Association, PLM Lake and Land Management Corp.  The Michigan Waterfront Alliance indicated support for the bill, while a representative of the Department of Natural Resources testified with a neutral position on the bill.

Subsequently, the bill was processed favorably through the full Senate and the House Committee on Natural Resources. As of 12/18/2018 the Bill was waiting for a second reading on the House floor.  Based on what has been happening during the current “Lame Duck Session.” It is unknown if sufficient time is available for the bill to proceed farther.