The Recreational Boaters of California are concerned that emergency drought barriers being planned for three sloughs in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will have negative effects on the boating community and economy.
Droughts can do significant harm to the industry, dropping water levels so low in lakes, rivers and streams that boaters can't use them and dealers, boatyards and marinas lose significant business.
People living in California and Colorado River Basin states such as Arizona and New Mexico are no strangers to drought. Even today, with water levels near historic lows, Internet surfers can still find blogs penned by locals marveling at outsiders’ panicked reaction to what has always been an issue in these parts.
Recent rain and snow in California sparked optimism for dealers gearing up this weekend for the Sacramento Boat Show and Off-Road Exhibition.
The worst drought California has seen in nearly four decades is straining the drinking water supply and prompting a ban on fishing and camping in much of the state.
The Colorado River and its slew of manmade reservoirs are being sapped by 14 years of drought that’s nearly unrivaled in 1,250 years.
The yearlong drought that has plagued the Midwest is forecast to have a negative effect on the region’s boating season this year. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicts most of the lakes will be “well below their historical averages” by the time recreational boats begin to take to the water en mass in late spring. The…more
Shipping resumed last week through one of the Mississippi River’s busiest locks after crews completed emergency repairs that took days and stranded hundreds of barges destined for points north or south. By the time the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reopened Lock 27 at Granite City, Ill., just north of St. Louis, on Thursday, the…more
After a long drought that affected Indiana’s boaters and fishermen when reservoirs began drying up, officials are telling boaters to get back on the water. Recent rains have started bringing water levels back to normal and Lt. Bill Browne, with Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources, tells WIBC radio it’s just in time for the end…more
As the drought contributes to a continued drop in the level of Lake Michigan, residents, fishing operators and others who use the harbors and docks in the northwestern Lower Peninsula are facing hazards and hassles. The lake’s water levels are down 11 inches from 2011, and record low levels could be ahead if the drought…more
At a sidewalk vantage point near the Perry Monument on Presque Isle in Erie, Pa., about 10 yards of muck and a few dead weeds separated tourists from the waters of Misery Bay. At the beaches, rocky breakwaters that are normally a brisk swim from shore are connected to the peninsula by strips of sand.…more