Michigan State Waterways Commission to Meet Aug. 19 in Elk Rapids
The Michigan State Waterways Commission will hold its regular meeting on Friday, Aug. 19, at the Edward C. Grace Memorial Marina, located at 129 North Cedar St. in Elk Rapids. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m.
The commission will receive an overview on the City of Elk Rapids and the Edward C. Grace Memorial Harbor from Harbormaster Cheryl Werth. The agenda includes updates and reports from Department of Natural Resources staff on Grand Marais Harbor, Grayhaven Marina, Detroit's Riverside Park boating access site, plans to improve the Maple Bay State Forest Campground boating access site on Burt Lake, a briefing on western Upper Peninsula boating issues and projects, as well as status reports on the Recreation Passport program and boating reservations. The commission will also receive a briefing on proposed seasonal/transient slip rates/fees for 2012, which is for action in October; as well as updates and reports from staff on various boating projects, operations and other related items that affect the boating program.
The public will have an opportunity to address the commission on boating issues during the public commentary portion of the agenda.
On Thursday, Aug. 18, the commission will tour area waterway facilities and sites, including the Irish Boat Shop in Charlevoix, a certified Michigan Clean Marina since 2006.
The Michigan State Waterways Commission is an advisory group, created under Public Act 451 of 1994, Part 781, to address issues concerning public boating opportunities in the State of Michigan, including the acquisition, construction and maintenance of recreational harbors, channels, docking and launching facilities, administration of commercial docks in the Straits of Mackinac, and to advise on regulations and grant funding for the Great Lakes Harbors of Refuge.
For more information about this meeting, persons wishing to provide public comment on any boating-related issue, or persons needing accommodations to attend this meeting, contact the DNR Parks and Recreation Division, at 517-373-9900 (TTY/TDD 711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired), or visit the web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr, under "Commissions, Boards and Committees." A copy of the agenda is also available on the website.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.