Michigan is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the waterways program this year. The Michigan State Waterways Commission, a seven-member advisory commission appointed by the governor, was created in 1947 to advise on how Michigan would place, fund and manage harbors to provide safe, navigable boating on Michigan’s Great Lakes.
Celebrate the anniversary with the Michigan DNR by signing up for “Water Wednesday” texts, seeing aerial drone footage of some of Michigan’s harbors and marinas, learning about the upcoming Waterways Adventure Lab and Paint the Waterways programs, learning about new sustainable boating efforts, downloading free coloring pages and purchasing 75th anniversary merchandise.
“With the abundance of opportunity for boating in Michigan, it’s no surprise that our state is the third largest marine market in the country, which is impressive since we’re a four-season state,” says MBIA Executive Director Nicki Polan, also a former waterways commissioner. “We are grateful for the MI DNR’s stewardship and leadership of the MI Waterways Commission as they help facilitate access to the water for all Michiganders.”
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