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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2006 5:25 am    Post subject: Someone much smarter Reply with quote

Someone much smarter than us created this montage of marina-related mishaps and set it to the theme from "The Love Boat."

So guess who's not going boating this weekend?

Us.

http://journals.aol.com/aolvideo/AOLVideoBlog/entries/2006/11/02/why-you-dont-rock-the-boat/506
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 2:56 pm    Post subject: Boating impacts - Just fun on the water? Reply with quote

Boating impacts - Just fun on the water?

In the 1963 article "Pollutional Effects of Outboard Motor Exhausts - Laboratory Studies" published in the Journal of the Water Pollution Control Federation, a water body was considered to be at an "extreme critical" boating level, one showing significant toxic effects on fish life, if the boats on it burned 18 gallons of fuel per acre-foot of water (about a third of a million gallons) per year.

Eleven years later in a study funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and contracted to the recreational boating industry titled "Analysis of Pollution from Marine Engines and Effects on Environment" the saturation boating use level determined for Lake Geneva, Wisconsin was reached when boating fuel use reached 15 gallons/acre-foot/year.

Today in Barnegat Bay, a typical Mid-Atlantic estuary in New Jersey, the calculated recreational boating fuel use is 50 gallons/acre-foot/year. This is at least a threefold increase over what were considered maximum levels of boating two decades ago. If the fuel efficiency of outboard motors has improved significantly in this period, the levels are even higher than the fuel use per acre-foot would indicate. Levels of recreational boating that were unthinkable a few years ago are now accepted as being normal and, considering the dearth of research on the impacts, evidently considered of little or no environmental consequence.



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