We applaud the townships for not jumping in with both feet; instead taking the time to gather information before making a ruling.
People who live on the Grand River need to understand that the river is there for others to use and enjoy, and not just for their private use. Many have used that stretch of river for various activities for many years with minimal incidents, and to take the river away from people would be mistake.
If you build a house in a subdivision that backs up to a highway, one should expect to hear traffic. If you build near a wetland, you shouldn’t be surprised to hear gunfire during waterfowl hunting season. If you live on the water, you should expect to hear and see boats going faster than no-wake speed.
If, after consulting with the state, township officials decide to enact a no-wake zone on the river, some consideration must be given as to how the speed zone will be enforced. If it is determined that enforcement would be difficult, what’s the point?
The Grand River is a great place to spend time, especially during the summer. Boaters must exercise good judgment, and operate their vessels in a responsible manner so the river can continue to be enjoyed by all.
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