A bill has been pre-filed in Missouri that would allow residents living on the shores of Lake of the Ozarks the ability to create no-wake zones in coves on the popular body of water. The National Marine Manufacturers Association, the Watersports Industry Association and the Lake of the Ozarks Marine Trades Association have said they are prepared to oppose the bill (House Bill 1591) if it gains support among legislators. Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles) pre-filed … Read More

It’s the 45th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, legislation precipitated by the infamous burning Cuyahoga River in Cleveland that feeds into Lake Erie. Indeed that incident and Lake Erie, dubbed a “dead” lake, became the symbol of the nation’s commitment to protecting waters. Today Lake Erie is again the center of attention, this time for its green slime and dead fish. To be sure, since the Cuyahoga caught fire on June 22, 1969, the … Read More

PHOENIX – Arizona State Parks and Trails today won the Gold Medal for best managed state park system in the nation from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The award was announced this morning during the national NRPA conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. “This is a tremendous achievement that benefits everyone in our state – from residents to tourists,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “Winning the Gold Medal is a testament to the hard work, … Read More

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft recreational boating Compatibility Determination (CD) for the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge System that is available for public review and comment. The process began in 2015, and a previous draft CD was released in April 2016 and withdrawn after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided more deliberation was required. A copy of the revised draft CD is available online at: http://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/Hav…-July_2017.pdf The public comment and review … Read More

September 6, 2016 – by Norm Schultz – Tradeonlytoday.com A regular reader of Dealer Outlook once commented: “Norm, I can’t believe you are for more regulations.” He was right. I’m definitely not. But when it’s becomes necessary to get less talk and more action, regulation could be the best answer. I’m referring to the wakeup call of our times: Algae in our waterways – and lots of it. Attention: Every Thursday night, Bill Korbel, a … Read More

July 28, 2016 The City of Lake Elsinore was just notified by the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) that Lake Elsinore contains toxins that exceed recommended recreational health thresholds caused by cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae. PUBLIC SAFETY IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. AS A RESULT, LAKE ELSINORE IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED TO ANY AND ALL RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES INCLUDING BOATING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Blue-green algae is present in most freshwater and marine aquatic ecosystems. Excessive … Read More

If you think the algae problems in our waterways are limited to the East and Midwest, think again. A huge toxic algae bloom has spread rapidly in Utah Lake, sickening more than 100 people, turning the water to a green pea-soup texture and closing one of the largest freshwater lakes west of the Mississippi. It’s located about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City. Commonly known as cyanobacteria blue-green algae, it has covered almost all … Read More

By WILLIAM YARDLY Los Angeles Times, July 16, 2016 LOS ANGELES — This may be what the start of a water war looks like. Drought is draining the West’s largest reservoir, Lake Mead, to historic low levels. Forecasts say climate change will make things worse. Headlines warn of water shortages and cutbacks. Members of Congress are moving to protect their states’ supplies. Yet if war is really imminent, why is one of the region’s most … Read More

by Norm Schultz, Tradeonlytoday.com on July 12, 2016 When boaters won’t use their boats because they refuse to plow through guacamole-thick green gunk, it’s a threat to our industry. When newspapers and TV stations nightly blast pictures of hundreds of dead fish doing the backstroke, it’s a threat to our industry. When state and local health departments post public notices and “Dangerous Algae, No Swimming” signs on beaches, it’s a threat to our industry. The … Read More

May 18, 2016 U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake filed an amendment Tuesday that would block the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from moving forward with their proposed recreational boating restrictions in Havasu National Wildlife refuge. A spokesman for McCain’s office said the senators are hopeful the amendment will be accepted on to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill set to be considered in subcommittee on Wednesday. The amendment would block millions … Read More