Be it resolved that MWA encourages the state
legislature to adopt legislation that would:
1. Inventory the waters of Michigan where invasive species
2. Acquire and categorize available information of all
attempts to control or eradicate the plant and determine the
success of control efforts.
3. Identify actions to be taken by the state and designate
funding to pay for the control costs.
4. Pressure the state executive and legislative branches to
provide enhanced funding levels to the Michigan Department of
Environmental Quality and the Michigan Department of Natural
Resources, particularly in the areas of aquatic invasive
species management and Public Act 451 regulatory enforcement.
5. Provide for boat washing facilities and inclusion of
sanitary hook-up where available, at all public access sites.
Creation of a State of Michigan inland lakes focused sustainable
aquatic invasive species management funding mechanism. Funding
mechanism must include at least a partial redistribution of
cost of AIS management from lakefront homeowners to the
boating and lake user public.
7. Confront and seek a revision of Michigan Waterways
Commission policy of continued expansion of public boat
launch facilities which exponentially increases the risk for
the introduction of new aquatic invasive plants and animals
and overcrowding of inland lakes leading to the risk of
exceeding their carrying capacities.
ii. Continue to educate and/or otherwise pressure local
government officials and law enforcement to
enhance implementation of Public Act 56.
iii. Continue to "educate" state legislators regarding the need
for enhanced regulatory protection of Michigan lakes, streams
and wetlands. This would include state codification of certain
low impact development techniques when developing near a lake,
stream or wetland.
We support current or future legislation that expands
the current Michigan bottle deposit law.
We support legislation that closes the loophole that
allows phosphorus in Dishwater Detergent.
We support legislation that requires property owners to
have their septic system inspected and, if needed, upgraded
prior to sale.
We support legislation changes to control/enforce boat
noise on inland lakes.
iv. Encourage DNR and Fisheries Department to factor the economic
and recreational value added to
Michiganís residents by lake level control dams or legal lake
levels into their recommendations.
v. Swimmers Itch. The DNRE must be convinced that it is much more
than just a minor irritation.
vi. Also, we would like the gas tax that goes to lakes be used on
inland lakes as well as the great lakes. If that money could
be used as grant money, the lake association could apply for
grants to maintain their lakes. The money could be used for
treating lakes for invasive species, or other issue that lake
association are doing to protect our inland lakes.