Drought

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.

A drought of epic scale

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.

California drought leads to fishing ban

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.

Midwest drought could impact 2013 boating season

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

Drought plagues boat traffic on Mississippi River

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

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