Please note: Your donations to Michigan Lake and Stream Associations and the Michigan Lakes and Streams Foundation (IRS 501(c)3 organizations) are deductible on your itemized federal income tax returns!

Since the summer of 1961, Michigan Lake and Stream Associations and our small family of related organizations have worked hard to be an effective state wide advocate for the preservation and protection of Michigan’s inland lakes and streams as well as your riparian rights.

Our amicus brief filings in the Michigan Court of Appeals as well as in the Michigan Supreme Court are filed by our attorney in the interest of protecting your riparian rights. These critical court filings cost our organization several thousands of dollars per year. For those of you who may not be aware, Michigan Lake and Stream Associations and Michigan Waterfront Alliance sponsored amicus briefs have been instrumental in positively influencing court decisions on behalf of Michigan’s riparian property owners going back fifty four years.

Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc. and the Michigan Waterfront Alliance, Inc. have also served effectively as your unified voice in Lansing – we have played an important role in achieving many legislative successes including the recent passage of Public Act 56 – a law which help bring civility and sanity back to the thousands of inland lake public road ends that had been used as illegal private marinas for decades. What value do you place on more peaceful and civil inland lake neighborhoods?

Ladies and gentlemen, we need your financial support now so that we may continue working on your behalf. What value do you place on organizations that have played such a critical role in protecting the riparian property rights you continue to enjoy every day as an inland lake residential homeowner?

Frankly speaking, our hard working volunteers and staff are a bit bewildered by the fact that we have received so few donations even as we continue to achieve major successes in the courts and in Lansing on your behalf. Are we attempting to serve members and stakeholders that are generally unappreciative of the achievements and successes we have worked so hard accomplish on your behalf? Have we failed to effectively communicate our successes on your behalf? Are folks who own lakefront homes and property without the financial means to contribute? What can we do to encourage folks to more actively support our pro-lake and riparian rights activities? Unfortunately, we are left only to ponder the various potential reasons why we do not receive more substantial financial support from our membership and from the legions of inland lake and stream stakeholders throughout Michigan.

How much we are able to accomplish on your behalf is directly proportional to the level of financial contributions we receive from you – the primary stakeholders of Michigan’s vast wealth of inland lakes and streams.

Please know that our humble financial resources are carefully allocated to projects and riparian rights legal cases that promise the greatest return on investment in achieving our mission and goals. With only four very modestly compensated part-time contract employees, you can be assured that your cash gift to Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, the Michigan Lakes and Streams Foundation and/or to the Michigan Waterfront Alliance will not be spent on salaries and fringe benefits – your donation will go directly to funding our on-going operations and projects that will have direct impact on preserving our freshwater resources and protecting your riparian rights.

Regardless of the amount of your donation, please know that your generosity will help ensure that we are able to continue working on your behalf and on behalf of Michigan’s inland lakes and streams.

For more information on how to donate to each of these worthy organizations, visit their respective web sites:

www.mymlsa.org                                         www.mi-riparian.org                                       www.mwai.org

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