LaSata bills allow volunteers to play role in preserving Michigan rivers, shorelines

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State Rep. Kim LaSata today introduced legislation to streamline rules regulating Michigan’s Adopt-a-River and Adopt-a-Shoreline programs.

LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, said the programs are currently underutilized. Her legislation calls on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to administer the programs and offer information to the public about how to become involved.

“Many people who are passionate about nature would be interested in doing their part to keep our waterways beautiful, but they simply don’t know it’s an option,” LaSata said. “These reforms will offer more individuals and groups an opportunity volunteer by clearing litter from rivers and shorelines within Michigan state recreation areas.”

In exchange for their efforts, volunteers who take part in the Adopt-a-River and Adopt-a-Shoreline programs can be recognized with signage in the areas they adopt.

House Bills 5155 and 5156 have been referred to the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee for consideration.