A popular recreational activity is the use of Wake Boats for wake boarding. These types of boats create huge waves and may be detrimental to lake shorelines, bottom plants and sediments, and other recreationalists. What is the real impact of these boats from an environmental, safety-wise, and economical perspective? Two students, Erin Jarvie and Marlena Smith, taking a Water Policy and Management course at Michigan State University recently addressed that issue as for their class project and provided their report to McNALMS. You can read their report by clicking here. Another recently released article in the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations newsletter by Clifford Bloom, Attorney at Bloom Sluggett PC also discusses Wake Boats and impacts on lakes and property.
McNALMS annually supports student research by providing grant funding. In some cases the funds are used to supplement other funding that the students has received for their graduate studies. The following articles have been published by students who received partial funding from McNALMS and the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc.
Nohner, J. K., Lupi, F., & Taylor, W. W. 2018. Lakefront property owners’ willingness to accept easements for conservation of water quality and habitat. Water Resources Research, 54. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1002/2017WR021385