Indiana boaters hit the water after drought ends

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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 of the boating and fishing season.

Browne told the station that the state's reservoirs aren't as crowded now as they are during the peak summer months and he encourages boaters to get on the water.

"I want to tell everybody that you're missing a great opportunity to really enjoy a reservoir right now,” Browne told the station. “It gets a little crowded in the summertime, but now's a great opportunity to get out there and boat these reservoirs."

Browne said the summer drought did keep some boaters out of the reservoirs because some beaches were closed and boat ramps were dry, but overall the drought did not have a negative effect on local fish.

Browne said the drop in boat traffic helped make this summer one of the safest seasons ever.

"To date, we only have two boating fatalities for 2012,” Browne told the station. “That's compared to 11 last year. So our guys are doing a great job of patrolling and keeping our waterways safe."

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