Boats and wave runners return to the Muskegon River this holiday weekend. Joining the holiday on the water will be a combined police force with plans on restoring safe use of the river.

The Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan State Police and the Newaygo Police Department has created a Muskegon River Multi-Agency Enforcement Task Force for increase presence and enforcement on the Muskegon River.  

"Some of the complaints include tresspassing on landowners property, alcohol, rowdy behavior, littering is a big one. A lot of boaters don't take their garbage with them when they leave."

Newaygo County Undersheriff Brian Boyd tells WOOD RADIO the partnership will allow for more resources and personnel to be assigned to enforcement on the Muskegon River. Along with increased enforcement, we are also creating a "River Watch" program to utilize homeowners along the river and volunteers to assist in spotting law violators on the river and reporting to enforcement officers patrolling the river.

"We have been working with community members, livery owners, the County Board of Commissioners and the townships along the river in putting this project together. Our goal is to change the image of the river and expectations of those that use the river. This will need to be a sustained effort over the next several years by everyone involved if we are going to make a change."