Task Force Targets Muskegon River

NEWAYGO, Mich. (AP) -- Law enforcement agencies in west Michigan are looking to clean up the Muskegon River and make it more pleasant for families.

The Grand Rapids Press reports ( http://bit.ly/1sZj9xJ ) that they have started a task force to crack down on the drunkenness, littering, lewdness and trespassing that have become too common on the river, mostly by flotillas of people on tubes, from people Grand Rapids to Muskegon.

The Muskegon River Multi-Agency Enforcement Task Force is comprised of officers from the Newaygo County Sheriff's Department, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, state police and Newaygo Police Department. The plan is to increase enforcement, with as many as four law enforcement boats on busy days, and create a system to report problems.

Police also will work with trained volunteers to monitor the river.