Boats needed for Riversweep Oct. 6 on Lake Wylie

September 23, 2012 

Lake Wylie Riversweep needs boat owners to transport volunteers as they clean the shoreline of Lake Wylie and collect trash from 13 locations around the lake. Protective tarps will be provided.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 6.

Use the “Register Now” link online at lakewylieriversweep.com to register as a boat captain. The first 50 people to register with their boats will receive a Riversweep Boat Captain ball cap with an embroidered logo, a free T-shirt, lunch after the cleanup and an entry into a prize drawing.

Tam Minton, registrar for Riversweep, is available to help individuals, group leaders and boat captains with questions. Email riversweep@catawbariverkeeper.org

Boating course Sept. 29 in Fort Mill

Catawba Power Squadron will offer America’s Boating Course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Driving 911, 2000 S.C. 160, near Towne Tavern.

The course covers safe boating techniques, knots, what is required and rules, useful hints, navigation aids and trailering. The one-day class includes an exam to earn a certificate for a discount from most boat insurance companies. It also meets North Carolina’s boating law requirements for boaters younger than age 26 and qualifies ages younger than 16 to operate a personal watercraft.

The manual costs $30, which can be shared. Lunch is provided for an additional $5. To sign up for the class or for more information, call 803-831-8252, 803-547-6523 or 803-548-5362.

Drought group meets Thursday

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will conduct a South Carolina Drought Response Committee conference call at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, to evaluate the drought status statewide. The committee will review climatic data, stream flow and lake level data, and drought impacts.

Barnwell County was upgraded to a Severe drought designation on July 19. Call 803-734-9568 for more information.

Catfish Club series under way

The Catawba Catfish Club announces nine events in its 2012-13 tournaments schedule, including two regular season and one championship event on Lake Wylie. Dates and location are as follows:

• Oct. 6, Fishing Creek Reservoir, Hwy. 21 Access

• Nov. 3, Lake Wylie, Buster Boyd Access Area

• Dec. 8, Lake Wateree, Lake Wateree State Park

• Jan. 5, Lake Wylie, Buster Boyd Access Area

• Feb. 2, Lake Wateree, Lake Wateree State Park

• March 2, Fishing Creek Reservoir, Hwy. 21 Access

• April 13, Lake Monticello, Hwy. 99 Access

• Championship Event for Catawba Catfish Club, May 4-5, 2013, Lake Wylie, Ebenezer Park

For more information, visit catawbacatfishclub.com.

E15 warning stickers available

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is distributing 100,000 E15 warning labels to NMMA member boat manufacturers across the country to place on their boats in hopes of alerting boaters to the potential dangers of fuel with a high volume of ethanol. The labels will help educate boaters that E15 should not be used in their boat.

Contrary to studies showing ethanol is hazardous to marine engines, the Environmental Protection Agency recently approved a plan submitted by the ethanol industry that allows E15 to enter the marketplace.

There are serious and documented human safety, environmental and technological concerns associated with ethanol blends more than over 10 percent in recreational boat fuel tanks and engines. That means that anything above E10 can pose serious problems, including performance issues such as stalling, corrosion leading to oil or fuel leaks, increased emissions and damaged valves, rubber fuel lines and gaskets.

Three years ago, the ethanol industry filed a waiver with the EPA to expand the amount of ethanol allowed in gasoline from 10 percent to 15 percent. Since then, the EPA has approved two partial waivers that allow the fuel to be sold in cars from model years 2001 and newer. NMMA along with the oil industry, food groups and others stakeholders oppose the introduction of E15.

It is important for consumers to stay aware at their local gas pumps, checking for high ethanol fuels and to use only E10 or lower in their vessels.

In Lake Wylie, Kangaroo Express at 4044 Charlotte Hwy. and BP at 5075 Charlotte Hwy. sell ethanol-free fuel.

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