Last week, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives (HF 3770) and State Senate (SF 3624) to establish a 200-foot setback for wakesurfing in the state of Minnesota. According to NMMA, this legislation is an important example of the boating industry coming together in support of a practical policy for communities, homeowners and boaters, alike.
HF 3770 and SF 3624 would put in place a 200-foot setback from shoreline and structures for all wake surfing activities in Minnesota. Representatives from the recreational boating community have supported the legislation because it's "clear, consistent, and effective":
- Clear: 200 feet is the length of a hockey rink and is easily identifiable to boaters and enforcement officers on the water.
- Consistent: the proposed legislation is consistent with existing PWC statutes and will ensure equal expectations for all enjoying Minnesota’s waterways.
- Effective: a leading wake scientist determined that a 200-foot setback prevents wakes from having a consequential impact on shorelines and structures.