New laws improve Michigan water beautification programs

Legislation introduced by Rep. Kim LaSata streamlining rules regulating Michigan’s Adopt-a-River and Adopt-a-Shoreline programs were signed into law by the governor today.

Over the years, Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have been separated, combined and separated again through various executive orders. After the most recent split, each department thought the waterway cleanup programs fell within the other’s purview. As a result, the programs remain without administration.

“The confusion has resulted in many selfless Michigan residents who want to help clean up our state’s rivers and shorelines with nowhere to turn,” said LaSata, of Bainbridge Township. “We’ve clarified the laws that govern these truly awesome programs so they can be utilized as they were intended.”

After working with the DNR and the DEQ to determine a solution, LaSata’s legislation calls on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to administer the programs and offer information to the public about how to become involved.

House Bills 5155 and 5156 are now Public Acts 78 and 79 of 2018.


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