Boats, volunteers needed for Oct. 6 Riversweep

October 1, 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. Saturday.

Use the “Register Now” link online at 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

Catfish Club series under way

The Catawba Catfish Club announces nine events in its 2012-13 tournament 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

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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