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Marine slow no-wake zone enforcement program

Program objective

The Marine Safety Slow-No Wake Zone Enforcement Program is a new legislatively initiated program, funded at $1.75 million General Fund and administered by the DNR. The program is intended to provide county sheriff departments with grant funds to enforce slow-no wake zones to mitigate high water impacts on local infrastructure.


Grant funding is made available to county sheriff departments within the State of Michigan and is dependent on such factors as the area of public waters to be patrolled for slow-no wake zone enforcement to address high water problems and the number of law enforcement personnel available for those marine patrols. Activities include patrolling and enforcement of current slow-no wake zones and creation and enforcement of new slow-no wake zones established under MCL 324.80110 – 324.80112a and 324.80146 to mitigate high water problems.

Eligibility & expenses

All county sheriff departments in Michigan are eligible to apply. Expenses applied to patrol time and law enforcement work related to slow-no wake zone patrols are eligible for reimbursement.

Eligible expenses

  • Patrol boat fuel and oil expenses for slow-no wake zone patrol efforts.
  • Patrol boat maintenance due to slow-no wake zone patrol efforts.
  • Vehicle mileage at the approved state rate limited for the purposes of this grant.
  • Salary and wages for enforcement of slow-no wake regulations to mitigate high water issues.
  • Court appearances or other administrative time for slow-no wake zone efforts.

Ineligible expenses

  • CSS&M related expenses that can be claimed through the on Marine Safety Grant program.
  • Personal floatation devices, uniform purchases, and other expenses.
  • Firearms, duty belts and accessories, pepper spray, etc.
  • New equipment purchases (boat, motor and trailer).

General marine patrol efforts shall not be charged to this grant program. Only salaries and wages, vehicle mileage, and fuel used for the enforcement of slow-no wake zones to mitigate high water problems shall be charged. Activities spent on a single patrol conducting general marine safety efforts and slow-no wake enforcement shall be charged correctly to the appropriate grant(s) or funding source(s).

Timeline & deadlines

County sheriff department grant application proposals are due by March 22, 2021, via email to Christie Bayus, program manager at

Each applicant will be notified as to the success of their application.

The Department will evaluate all applications. Those not meeting the criteria will not be approved for grant assistant. Those meeting the criteria will be notified of their approved grant award by May 1, 2021. Grants will be issued for an entire calendar year, Jan. 1, 2021 - Dec. 31, 2021.

Monthly activity reports that reflect the daily activity related to slow-no wake enforcement efforts are due monthly. The county must submit a monthly activity report no later than the 10th of the following month via email to Example: If a county performed slow-no wake zone patrol related activities in June, it is required to submit its monthly activity report no later than July 10, 2021.

Reimbursement requests can be submitted twice a year. The first reimbursement request is due Aug. 30, 2021 and the second is due after the expiration of the grant agreement or no later than Feb. 1, 2022.

Dollar amount available

Funding is based on the criteria listed above and varies from county to county. There is no minimum grant request amount, maximum grant request amount is $100,000. Reimbursement is up to 100% of actual expenditures, not to exceed the grant allocation.


Grants Management Section: Christie Bayus

Law Enforcement Division: Lieutenant Tom Wanless