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Thousands sign petition to stop alcohol ban on 3 Michigan rivers

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Alcohol has been banned on the Manistee River, AuSable River and Pine River. (Photo Courtesy: National Forest Service)

A petition to stop the ban of alcohol on Michigan rivers has been signed by thousands on change.org.

The “Stop ban of Alcohol on Michigan Rivers” petition had about 31,500 signatures Sunday night. The goal is 35,000 signatures.

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“If we do not have the freedom to have a beer while fishing or floating on our waterways, we are not free. Please sign this petition to stop the abuse of power and federal government overreach,” the petition states.

Alcohol will be prohibited on the AuSable, Manistee and Pine rivers during the summer, the National Forest Service announced Feb. 6.

Alcohol will be banned on portions of the rivers and within 200 feet of the rivers between May 24 and Sept. 2.

It could cost a person up to $5,000 in fines or five years in prison, which is a maximum penalty if violated.

“The closure order is intended to address persistent public safety issues and protect natural resources on rivers of outstanding recreational value,” said Huron-Manistee National Forests Supervisor Leslie Auriemmo.

“Our goal is to create a safer, more sustainable, and more enjoyable experience for the thousands of visitors who recreate on our National Wild and Scenic Rivers each year,” she said.

To sign the petition click here.

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