Boat Wash Station will Protect Higgins Lake

boatwashlogo1The Morley Foundation Fund, an endowment fund of the Roscommon County Community Foundation, has granted funding to The Higgins Lake Foundation to provide support for a boat wash station on the north side of Higgins Lake.

The project, spearheaded by The Higgins Lake Property Owners Association, is expected to be completed in time for use by summer 2008. DNR District Supervisor, Anna Sylvester, is enthusiastic about this project serving as a prototype for all Michigan Lakes on “how to” provide cooperative boat wash stations throughout the state. It will be located on the north side of Higgins Lake, convenient for boaters at the North Higgins Lake State Park and west launch site. All Higgins Lake boaters are encouraged to use the free boat wash station.

A clean boat campaign is our best defense against the over 140 known exotic species that could hitchhike into the lake by boat. An exotic species is an organism that is not native to the environment it inhabits. Exotics can cause serious environmental damage to the lake ecosystems by destroying or overrunning native species. There is no guarantee that a boat wash will protect against invasive species; however, it is a positive action that may stall or prevent the introduction of exotics into Higgins Lake.

The Higgins Lake Foundation, the Higgins Lake Property Owners Association and the DNR would like to thank the Roscommon County Community Foundation for their continued support of this project and many other projects that affect our wonderful lake.

“No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”
-Edmund Burke, political philosopher