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.

Drought nearly sinks powerboat race

A championship boat race in north-central Illinois was held this weekend, thanks to a volunteer who helped pump millions of gallons of water into drought-stricken Lake DePue. Rich Magnuson led a volunteer effort to build a makeshift dam with sandbags and then fill the lake with water pumped from a nearby river, according to an…more

Drought prompts warning to boaters in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is urging boaters to use extra caution at public boat launches because water levels are low as a result of drought conditions. Low water levels increase the risk to boaters launching or removing boats and could lead to boat damage if operators don’t use proper caution, the department said…more

Summer flood risk high in several states

Forecasters say flooding this season in the upper Midwest and northern Plains could rival the Great Flood of 1993, when the upper Midwest endured persistent, record-breaking floods from April through August, affecting nine states and causing more than $25 billion in damage. Many rivers in that section of the country remain above flood stage, and…more

Drought creates boating hazards in Texas

Falling water levels in Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan in central Texas are creating more water hazards, prompting authorities to close another public launch ramp and caution boaters about emerging hazards. Lake Travis is 24 feet below its normal depth in June, so boaters and swimmers might encounter rocks and large drops they’re not used…more

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