The Michigan Chapter, North American Lake Management Society is excited to announce its next in person Lunch and Learn event. The topic will be on Wake Boats, and we'll have guest speakers, Joe Nohner, Inland Lakes Habitat Analyst & Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership Coordinator, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Nicki Polan, Executive Director, Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) talk about their perspectives on Wake Boats on inland lakes. Two other members of MBIA, Ethan Hellier, Midwest Government Affairs Manager, Water Sports Industry Association and Jesse McArdell, Policy and Engagement Manager, National Marine Manufacturers Association, will be also available to answer questions.
Wake boats are powerboats specially designed to increase wave height for watersports, such as surfing or tubing. Their popularity and sales have soared over the last decade. Several studies on wake boats and their effects on inland lakes have identified issues ranging from damage to shorelines, piers, and docks to hazardous conditions for swimmers and small non-motorized craft. Recently the Michigan DNR Fisheries Division released a report on voluntary best operating practices in support of the continued use of wake boats while minimizing the effects on natural resources and near shore property. The Michigan Boating Industries Association has publicized Wake Responsibilities through flyers, handouts, and signage and provided guidelines for operation of these vessels. Each speaker will discuss their agency's or organization's perspectives on wake boats and recommendations to minimize impacts.
Registration is now open, and can be made on this website or through mail. Cost to attend which includes lunch is $30; $20 for full-time students. Seating capacity is limited to 80. Registration deadline has been extended to November 26, 2023, 11:59pm. For more information, contact: Lois Wolfson at email@example.com.