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      Task force teams up with community to patrol Muskegon River

      Several agencies are banding together to decrease crime along the Muskegon River.

      Several agencies are banding together to decrease crime along the Muskegon River.

      The newly created Muskegon River Multi-Agency Enforcement Task Force is increasing patrols along the river. It was created in response to complaints including trespassing, disorderly conduct, littering and other violations.

      The task force includes The Department of Natural Resources, The Newaygo County Sheriff's Office, Newaygo Police Department and the Michigan State Police.

      The partnership will allow for more resources and personnel to be assigned to enforcement on the Muskegon River.

      Along with increased enforcement the group is also creating a "River Watch" program to get community members and homeowners along the river to help spot problems on the river and reporting to enforcement officers.

      The Muskegon River is approximately 40 miles long from Croton Dam to Maple Island Road in Newaygo County. The enforcement plan calls for more patrol craft on the river as well as patrol cars on the river corridor.