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GAB: SPLASH for Clean Water

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

GAB: SPLASH for Clean Water
News from Gwinnettdailypost.com:

Foundation hosts SPLASH for Clean Water charity event

The AQUAHERU Foundation will host SPLASH for Clean Water on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. AQUAHERU Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides clean and safe drinking water to children around the world. This SPLASH event will feature a large scale water balloon fight in addition to other activities to raise money and awareness for the cause.

Tickets to the event are $ 10 a person. All of the proceeds will fund clean water projects in undeveloped areas. AQUAHERU has set a goal to raise $ 10,000 by having $ 1,000 participants at the event. This goal would help install 200 portable water filters to provide clean water to 20,000 children for at least five years.

Others activities at the event will include a live DJ, free gifts, drinks, food and a photo shoot. All ages are welcome, but attendees must be 14 to participate in the water balloon fight.

The event will take place at Tribble Mill Park, 2125 Tribble Mill Parkway in Lawrenceville. For more information, visit the Facebook event page www.facebook.com/events/788084344557651.

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Love Getting On The Water, But Hate Owning A Boat? Consider This

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Love Getting On The Water, But Hate Owning A Boat? Consider This
News from CBS Local:

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Not only is Minnesota the Land of 10,000 Lakes, we’re also home to the second-highest number of registered boats in the nation.

Only Florida has more motorboats registered than the 540,000 cruising our waterways. But there’s a new trend that’s getting even more families on the waters.

And you don’t even need to own a boat.

It’s belonging to a boat club. And users say it’s just like car sharing, but only with boats.

“[Boating] It’s one of the great things Minnesota has to offer,” said Luke Kujawa, the president of Your Boat Club.

Getting out on the water has never been bigger than it is now, but the pleasure of owning a boat has a price tag.

It’s far more than just buying the boat. There’s the gas, the insurance, the slip rental, the cleaning, fixing and winterizing, and, six months of storage.

That adds up to an average cost of ownership from between a couple thousand dollars to nearly $ 6,500 a year.

But as boat clubs gain members, boat ownership in Minnesota is dropping. It’s down 10 percent — or 58,000 registered motorized boats — since 2006.

Mitchell traded his boat keys for convenience.

“I like the flexibility of not having to worry about it,” former boat owner, Jim Mitchell, said.

Mitchell is a member of the

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Charges: Notorious Penn Cove boat owner imperiled Renton well water

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Charges: Notorious Penn Cove boat owner imperiled Renton well water
News from seattlepi.com:

A sometimes Renton resident already in hot water after his derelict boat burned and sank off Whidbey Island now faces felony charges related to hundreds of gallons of chemical waste.

Filing charges in King County, the state Attorney General’s Office contends Rory Westmoreland stored the toxic chemicals in leaking metal drums at a Renton junk yard, which operated without a permit and that Westmoreland had been buying. An Environmental Protection Agency investigation raised questions as to whether the chemicals had leached into the aquifer, from which residents draw their drinking water.

Westmoreland, 51, was charged with a misdemeanor environmental crime after mooring a broken-down fishing vessel to Penn Cove, near Coupeville. That vessel, the Deep Sea, later burned and sank; according to a recent report in the South Whidbey Record, the cost of raising and disposing of the 118-foot ship is expected to reach $ 5.4 million.

Now, though, Westmoreland faces a felony charge in King County for a dangerous, if less dramatic, offense – buying an…………… continues on seattlepi.com

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Four On the Water Boat Towing Service Captains Honored for Heroism

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Four On the Water Boat Towing Service Captains Honored for Heroism
News from ParamusPost.com:

By Mel Fabrikant    Thursday, January 16, 2014, 03:46 PM EST   

Last year, over 70,000 recreational boaters called BoatUS Towing Services for routine on the water assistance. Engine breakdowns, running out of gas or running aground were typical requests. However, the captains across the nation who helm the 600 red towboats of the TowBoatUS and Vessel Assist fleets are sometimes put in the center of life-threatening emergencies. The on the water boat towing service recently honored four of its towing captains for their life-saving efforts at a ceremony capping off the annual BoatUS Towing Services conference held in Clearwater Beach, FL.

The captains were honored with “Woody Pollack” awards, named after a well-respected towboat captain in the fleet who died at an early age. “Our guys are not in the rescue business, but their actions save others,” said BoatUS Vice President and Director of Towing Services Adam Wheeler. “We are very proud of them.” Here are the details on the incidents:
Captain George Farrell and Captain Daniel Higgins of TowBoatUS Yonkers, New York
It was a cold Sunday evening in January. Watching his single engine plane quickly fill up with ic…………… continues on ParamusPost.com

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Low water on Mississippi causes barge companies to lighten loads

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Low water on Mississippi causes barge companies to lighten loads
News from STLtoday.com:

ST. LOUIS • Towboat pilot Paul Roos steers the L.J. Sullivan as it pushes 10 partially loaded coal barges down the Mississippi River, just south of the Gateway Arch.

Along the way, the Sullivan passes a sunken barge that has been exposed by the receding waterline. Farther downstream, the Army Corps of Engineers’ dredge Potter is sweeping aside sand deposits to keep the main channel passable just north of the Jefferson Barracks Bridge.

These days, pilots like Roos have to deal with narrower channels, where traffic has been restricted to the point that barge tows sometimes have to wait for a tow moving the opposite direction to pass.

The St. Louis stretch is still relatively easy to navigate. “This is a relatively straight river you are seeing,” Roos explained. It gets trickier south of St. Louis, where the channel takes twists and turns. So it boils down to pilots and their knowledge as they maneuver control paddles on a dashboard in the wheelhouse.

“The guy that’s between these sticks, there’s a lot on him to make sure he is making the right decisions,” Roos said. “I have been up and down this a lot. If it were the first time, I would be sweating bullets.”

Barge companies are navigating through increasingly shallow water on the Mississippi, where months of drought have plunged the river to critically low levels. Barges are being fille…………… continues on STLtoday.com

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Mike Bleech: Cold water boating safety is nothing to take casually

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Mike Bleech: Cold water boating safety is nothing to take casually
News from GoErie.com:

A new cold-water life jacket rule is now in effect. Wear life jackets according to this new law; wear them for the sake of your life.

Being a year-round hunter and fisherman — and doing both a lot — I have seen cases in which people got into trouble because of cold water. It is always disturbing because the line between life and death becomes so much thinner and more fragile as the water gets colder.

Death from immersion in cold water can come from drowning or in other ways. Several years ago, another hunter and I rescued a couple of waterfowl hunters whose canoe had overturned. They made it to shore, but on an island. There, they waited until someone came along. Fortunately, I saw floating items that I recognized to be the result of a boating accident.

They refused to be taken to a hospital, and though we got them warm and dry, one of them, I heard later, died from pneumonia.

Cold-water shock can occur any time the water temperature is lower than 70 degrees. So, by the time the new cold water life-jacket rule went into effect Nov. 1, the water temperature was well below the dangerous point.

According to the new boating regulation, from Nov. 1 through April 30, anyone in a boat less than 16 feet in length, or in any canoe or kayak, must wear a life jacket when the craft is either underway or at anchor.

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Safe Boating Who goes where on the water?

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Safe Boating Who goes where on the water?
News from Tampa Bay Newspapers:


Anyone who has operated a boat in this area knows that there is often confusion resulting from boats converging on one another. Unfortunately, many boaters do not have the knowledge or training that allows them to understand who has the right of way on the water.

When boats are converging, one is always the “stand on” vessel and one is the “give way” vessel.

The “stand on” vessel is required to maintain its course and speed unless doing so will result in a collision. Knowing that a boat is the “stand on” boat also allows other “give way” boats the opportunity to predict what and where the “stand on” vessel will do and go, so “give way” boats can adjust their course and speed accordingly.

The “give way” vessel is required to do what is necessary to avoid a collision with the “stand on” vessel.

Knowing which vessel is “stand on” and which is “give way” is essential to be a safe boater, so how does one know which is which? This determination is made by the way every boat is “sectored” into green, red, and white sectors. The sectors are actually easier to identify at night because your boat’s navigation lights establish them, if they are installed and working correctly. It may help you to understand the sectors by walking around your boat at night with its navigation lights on.

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Boat Owners Group Offers Insurance For Pets Out On The Water

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Boat Owners Group Offers Insurance For Pets Out On The Water
News from Hartford Courant:

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June 08, 2012|By MATTHEW STURDEVANT, msturdevant@courant.com, The Hartford Courant

If the family’s Portuguese water dog hops aboard your boat and slips on his sea legs, a new form of insurance will provide money to fix his injuries — or to pay for his funeral.

The Boat Owners Association of the U.S., or BoatUS, said Thursday it is offering new pet insurance coverage, which includes up to $ 1,000 in veterinary expenses after a pet suffers an injury while boating. The pet injury coverage comes automatically with the association’s insurance policies.

“At BoatUS we know accidents don’t just impact your boat and ‘…………… continues on Hartford Courant

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Junker boat’s owner often in hot water

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Junker boat’s owner often in hot water
News from The Seattle Times:

Originally published June 3, 2012 at 8:30 PM | Page modified June 4, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Rory Westmoreland is a tough man to track down.

When you do find him, though, you’ll likely hear about his string of “bad luck.” How he has to “work really hard just to get by.” How he is “not a wealthy person.” The story will unfold slowly, his deep drawl ambling along until he gets to the question at hand.

It’s about a boat. His boat. The rotting hulk that caught fire and sank in Penn Cove three weeks ago.

At first, he will complain about the government agencies dogging him, asking questions, assessing fines, even making accusations in the media. There’s the Coast Guard, the state departments of Ecology, Natural Resources, and Health.

Then he will say it’s all a big misunderstanding.

Fire broke out on the Deep Sea late on a Saturday night in May and continued for hours until the thing just sank — all 140 rusting feet of it. Some 5,000 gallons of fuel were recovered before the vessel was finally pulled from the muck, an economic and environmental disaster that could wind up costing the state and federal governments at least $ 2.6 million to clean up. That’s not counting the losses to the nearby shellfish farm.

As government agencies labored over this mess, Westmoreland has mostly been out of town.

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Water disaster!: Police hunt ‘Flying Dutchman’ who caused £100000 worth of …

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Water disaster!: Police hunt ‘Flying Dutchman’ who caused £100000 worth of …
News from Daily Mail:

By Ian Garland


Police in Austria are searching for a man who caused £100,000 worth of damage after borrowing his friend’s luxury powerboat and mooring it on top of a pier.

Officers say the boat’s Austrian owner Markus Maier, 43, asked his friend to take the vessel’s controls because he was too drunk to drive – but the first-time captain hit the throttle, sending the Nautique yacht airborne.

The boat flew clean out of the water before landing on a wooden jetty on Lake Worthersee.

Flying Dutchman: The fugitive first-time sailor steered the yacht up a flight of steps and dragged it several feet along the wooden jetty

Expensive accident: Police estimate the damage to the boat and the pier will add up to £100,000

A witness explained: ‘Instead of coming to a graceful stop, he sent the boat flying up a set of steps and onto the pier where its propeller carried on chewing up the decking until the engine stalled.’

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