The Kawkawlin River Watershed Association is outfitting a 30-foot-long pontoon boat in the hopes of having it ready to tend buoys by next spring at the mouth of the river at Saginaw Bay.
MLive.com reports that placing the navigation buoys with the boat's crane will be its primary task. But it will also be used for other river activities such as watershed cleanup and the group's annual poker paddle.
Dave Bledsoe is on the association's board of directors. He says placing and removing the buoys each year is a difficult task even under the best of circumstances. That's why members decided to buy the boat a year ago.
With current additions it's cost about $2,500. They hope to spend about $8,000 more.