Boat Owners Association of The United States Asks Chicagoland Boaters to Speak Up on Aldermen’ Ethanol Proposal

On Monday, July 28, at 1pm at Chicago City Hall a hearing will be held to debate legislation supported by Chicago City Council Alderman that would require all self-serve gas stations in the City of Chicago to sell gasoline with higher levels – 15% – of ethanol (E15). It is against federal law to use E15 gasoline in a boat and using this ethanol blend could lead to significant damage to the engine.

 Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges Chicago area boaters to speak out against this proposal, as the half-million member national boat owners group believes the legislation would have an unintended consequence of making boat engine-approved E10 fuel harder to find for consumers, as self-serve stations would not be required to add expensive new fueling pumps to offer an additional consumer choice of E15. Instead, the legislation may force stations with limited gas pump selections to replace their current E10 dispensing selection with E15 to meet the mandate. While BoatUS appreciates the need to diversify our country’s fuel and energy sources, passage of this legislation would also greatly increase the chance of mis-fueling boats on trailers, which are often filled up at the same time as the tow vehicle.

 It will be at City of Chicago City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602.

 City of Chicago resident boaters are encouraged to attend the hearing Monday or may contact their Alderman to share their views by going to:[capwiz:queue_id

More information on how E15 affects outboard engines can be found at National Renewable Energy Laboratory Outboard Study. Additional information about ethanol and boats is at

Mercury Marine partners with Chicago’s 31st Street Harbor to sponsor Aquapalooza 2014


Mercury Marine is partnering up with Westrec Marinas and Chicago Harbors as the title sponsor of Aquapalooza 2014 on August 9 at the 31st Street Harbor in Chicago. The event, which is the first-ever floating music festival in Chicago, will be headlined by Al Jardine & The Endless Summer Band.

“We have always maintained a good relationship with Westrec Marinas and Chicago Harbors so when they approached us about Aquapalooza, we jumped at the opportunity,” said Mercury Marine Vice President of Sales and Marketing Randy Caruana. “Being a part of this event will allow the Mercury brand to be displayed in front of a large audience on Lake Michigan in the third largest city in the United States – a city flush with boaters.”

The Chicago Harbors will turn the southern end of the marina into the city’s largest on-water party. Many models from the Brunswick boat group will be on display such as SeaRay, Boston Whaler and more. In addition, hundreds of boats will be powered by Mercury Marine engines setting the stage for a perfect evening in the Windy City.

“Mercury Marine is the most powerful marine technology company in the world,” said Westrec Marinas Executive Vice President Scott Stevenson. “We want to showcase our event as the premier on-water event in Chicago and a partnership with a global company like Mercury is a great boost for our event. Their reputation for reliability and durability mimics the mantra of our great city and we are honored to have them on board for Aquapalooza 2014.”

The event runs from 2 p.m. – 11 p.m. CDT at the 31st Street Harbor. For more information about how to purchase a boat slip or sign up for the event, log on to

Sea lamprey survey planned for Muskegon River in Muskegon County

by Joh320px-Sea_lampreyn S. Hausman, MLive

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assessment crew will survey the Muskegon River in Muskegon County between July 30 and Aug. 6 to determine how many sea lampreys are in the river.

The population survey is to determine the need for lamprey control. Sea lampreys are an invasive parasitic species that destroy fish by attaching to them with a suction-cup mouth and feeding on blood and body fluids.

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NSHOF Announces Lifetime Achievement Award

National Sailing Hall of Fame medallion

The Board of Directors of the National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) today announced that it will annually present a new Lifetime Achievement Award starting in 2014.

Since 2011 the NSHOF has recognized American sailors, 45 years of age and older, for their impact on the growth and development of the sport in a variety of categories. The addition of the new category allows recognition of a person who, over their lifetime, has made contributions to and/or had success in the sport while also becoming successful and achieving stature in a non-sailing career.

The award recipient will become a member of the National Sailing Hall of Fame, and will join the 2014 class of Inductees who will be announced at the end of this month.

Pols object to lake [Ontario] levels

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Armed with a three-page document and a Power Point presentation outlining their objections, two county lawmakers traveled to Washington D.C. last week to meet up with federal representatives and argue against a plan to regulate water levels in Lake Ontario.

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Your Green Life: “Lake Superior Day”

lake-superior-bayDuluth, MN – The deepest, coldest, and biggest Great Lake has its own day, and that day is coming up this Sunday.

“It actually started in 1990, early 1990, by a group of Thunder Bay residents that wanted to show appreciation for the great lake here and celebrate it a little.” says Garrett Kunz, the Production Artist at MN Sea Grant.

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