Porter Township Hall on Saturday May 20, 2017 10:30 am to 2:30PM (includes a short tour of Gravel Lake & light meal)
Kellogg Biological Station, Gull Lake on 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Tuesday August 15 (Training); and Tuesday August 22
(Boat tour of lake)
Natural shorelines provide multiple benefits to our inland lakes. Natural shoreline landscaping and bioengineered erosion control techniques can restore those benefits by reducing runoff, deterring geese, stabilizing soils and improving fish and wildlife habitat while maintaining aesthetically pleasing access to your lake. Already have rock or sea wall? Learn how to enhance those structures for the benefit of your lake.
Workshop topics include:
* Healthy lake ecosystems
* Designing natural landscapes on lake shorelines
* Problems with high impact landscape methods
* Use of native plants in shoreline landscapes
* Common inland lake Invasive species
* State of Michigan rules and regulations
Workshop hosted by Michigan State University Extension in cooperation with the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership Registration: $50.00/person and $25/second household member.
Registration includes light refreshments, handouts, and the Natural Shoreline Landscapes on Inland Lakes Guidebook (a $25 value).
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED at: http://events.anr.msu.edu/swnaturalshore17
For more information about MSU Extension, visit: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/.
For more information on the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership, please visit the website at www.mishorelinepartnership.org
By Clifford H. Bloom, Esq.
Bloom Sluggett Morgan, PC
Grand Rapids, Michigan
From Michigan Lake and Stream
April 7, 2017
Potential buyers of waterfront property are not the only ones who face a sometimes daunting task, particularly with regard to “due diligence” investigations. Sellers of waterfront property must also be very careful.
Perhaps the best advice that can be given to someone contemplating the sale of a waterfront property is not to exaggerate or misrepresent any of the characteristics of the property. Should that occur, in many cases, it will come back to “bite” the seller, either in the form of a lawsuit or a bitter purchaser (or both!). For example, if the property involved is a backlot with a shared lake access site, the seller should not advertise or indicate that the property has “deeded access,” riparian rights, or similar potential misrepresentation. Use fully truthful language. Full disclosure (within reason) regarding any problems or “issues” associated with the property is usually the best avenue.
If “deeded access” is normally not a legally-appropriate phrase, what language should the seller of a backlot or off-lake property near the water use to indicate that a nearby lake access is available? Perhaps the best wording is simply to indicate that “limited lake access to Marble Lake is located nearby.” Any language that states or implies that the particular backlot has its own exclusive lake access device, that the backlot has permanent docking and boat mooring privileges, or that the backlot has a lake access device where virtually any use can occur thereon, can get a seller (and potentially, a realtor or real estate agent) in trouble if the wording is not true or fully accurate. This is one area where exaggeration (or what the seller might consider “puffery”) can get a person into trouble.
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