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A petition has garnered thousands of signatures to stop a ban on bringing alcoholic drinks to parts of three Michigan rivers

Huron-Manistee National Forests said it wants to protect the rivers and address safety concerns with this new order.

The new rules would prohibit anyone from bringing alcohol within 200 feet for designated sites of the Ausable River, Manistee River, and Pine River starting May 24 through Sept. 2.

If violated, the penalties include a fine of up to $5,000 and possibly up to six months in jail.

petition was started to repeal that ban signed by forest supervisor Leslie Auriemmo.

It has more than 29,000 signatures out of its 35,000 signature goal as of Sunday afternoon, Feb. 10.

An organization named Our River started the petition. 

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