Rolling And Patrolling On The River
By N3 News Team
The days of over-the-top unruly behavior running the gamut from littering and trespassing to alcohol-fueled fisticuffs and outlandish acts of inappropriate actions too graphic to deserve mentioning here, began being considerably reduced when the Muskegon River Multi-Agency Task Force put river patrols into place two summers ago.
Since then, according to many avid tubers and homeowners living alongside its...
...banks the Mighty Muskegon has experienced a metamorphosis, evolving into a family friendly waterway once again enjoyed by the majority of its users without being subjected to the intrusive behavior that had been dominating the weekend armada of tubes and other floatation devices winding their downstream.
In a recent press release Newaygo County Sheriff Pat Hedlund recently announced that deputies, state troopers, conservation officers and Newaygo City police officers are once again patrolling the Muskegon River this summer to assist in curbing disorderly behavior. Police officers can be found both on the water in boats and along the river corridors in marked cruisers.
“This is a proactive enforcement approach to keep the river safe and keep rowdy behavior under control,” said Sheriff Hedlund.
The sheriff's department also created a program called River Watch, a partnership with the Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan State Police, and the Newaygo Police Department. River Watch relies on homeowners and volunteers along the river who report violations of the law.
“We want people to have fun and enjoy Newaygo County,” added Hedlund. “We only ask that they do it responsibly and respectfully.”