Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee to hear testimony on the danger of rip currents in the Great Lakes

Who: State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, and other members of the Senate Outdoor  Recreation and Tourism Committee.  Scheduled presenters include: Bob Dukesherer, National Weather Service, Grand Rapids; Heidi Purcell, Marine Hydrodynamics Lab, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and Dr. Ronald Kinnunen, Michigan Sea Grant Extension, Marquette.

What: Lawmakers are scheduled to hear testimony about the dangers of rip currents in the Great Lakes and potential ways of educating communities and the public. 

When: 12:30 p.m., Thursday, June 23.

Where: Room 210, Farnum Building, 125 W. Allegan St., Lansing.

Why: Rip currents are strong narrow currents moving away from shore.  According to the United States Lifesaving Association, more than 100 people die nationwide each year from drowning in rip currents.

Committee members are eager to learn about the magnitude of the problem, the science of rip currents formation and predictive approaches. By gathering information, the legislators hope to find additional ways of alerting the public to this seasonal threat.