Michigan Conservation Club Sues Governor Whitmer Over Motorboat Ban
OutdoorHub Editor: Keenan Crow 04.21.20
It seems it was only a matter of time before we started seeing some push back.
The Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) is suing Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the State Director of the Department of Natural Resources over the temporary ban of using motorized boats in the state due to COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders.
The suit claims MUCC requests the court rules Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order “void for vagueness in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article 1, Section 17 of Michigan’s 1963 Constitution.”
The club, which consists of 40,000 members, is asking that motorboat use is deemed an allowed “outdoor physical activity.” Under the current order, the only acceptable activities on the water involving a watercraft are: kayaking, canoeing and sailing.
MUCC’s attorneys argue that the current ban on motorboats limits fishing, which is a source of food, income and a way to maintain mental health.
Officials with Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources said the banning of motorboats was put in place in an effort to stop people crowding boat ramps and limit travel to and from lakes across the state.
Given the current times, this appears to be a fluid situation. We’ll keep tabs on both of these stories and let you know about any updates when they are announced.