I wanted to reach out on behalf of the WSIA. We have seen great success in many states with our Wake Responsibly Educational Campaign. The campaign is based on the 3 pillars we feel our most important when engaged in towed water sports. 1. Always operate 200 ft or more from shorelines and docks. 2. Play music at reasonable levels. 3. Minimize repetitive passes along residential shorelines. If the captains adhere to these guidelines when participating in towed water sport activity they will decrease or eliminate many of the concerns lakefront property owners and other users of the waterways are encountering.
Idaho Parks and Rec has customized the Wake Responsibly Campaign and has created their own "Mind Your Wake" campaign (https://www.bigcountrynewsconnection.com/idaho/idaho-boaters-encouraged-to-mind-your-wake/article_b9747708-d04f-11ea-9e1f-ffd7d14d37fb.html).
Minnesota has done the same with their "Own Your Wake" campaign. (https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/boatwater/own-your-wake.html)
Both are based on educating boaters rather than passing laws that can be overly restrictive and difficult to enforce.
The WSIA will provide Wake Responsibly collateral without charge to anyone interested in promoting responsible boating. We have flyers, counter cards and metal boat ramp signs. See attached boat ramp sign.
Below are links to our Wake Responsibly web page and several of our educational videos.
Wake Responsibly web page: https://www.wakeresponsibly.com
Responsible Boating Video: https://vimeo.com/89131129
Driver's Etiquette Video: https://vimeo.com/207361109
Wave Study Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daa0U56zvwc
If WSIA can be of any help please don't hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We stand ready to help mediate any water access concerns.Thank you,Chris BischoffWater Sports Industry AssociationGovernment Relations / Waterway Access
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