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Michigan State Waterways Commission celebrates 70 years

Tuesday, October 17, 2017   (0 Comments)

The 70th anniversary of the Michigan State Waterways Program and, in turn, the Michigan State Waterways Commission takes place this year. This governor-appointed body was initially created in 1947 to promote recreational harbor development on Michigan's Great Lakes. The program expanded in 1968 by assuming the responsibilities of public boating access sites too. Today, the commission advises the DNR on policy and development at 63 locally administered harbors, 19 state harbors, 1,000+ state boating access sites, 200 locally administered boating access sites, two locks and a dam. The total value of facility infrastructure is estimated at more than $1 billion. Nationally, the state ranks third in both the number of boat registrations and total expenditures for new vessel, engine, trailer and accessory sales. The program has come a long way since its beginnings in 1947 is poised for another successful 70 years. Did you know? A portion of revenue collected from Michigan’s gas tax and watercraft registrations helps fund state boating facilities. Another portion of that revenue funds grants to local units of government that oversee 63 harbors and roughly 200 boating access sites. These resources help fund waterways projects and the ongoing maintenance at public recreational boating facilities, benefiting local and regional economies and contributing to statewide tourism. Your Executive Director, Nicki Polan serves on the Michigan State Waterways Commission.


-- Story from Michigan DNR

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