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Boating Banned!

Boating Banned!

That
headline got your attention, didn’t it? The story likely does not and
will not apply to you, but it is an environmental issue that you should
pay attention to.

Water
officials took the unprecedented step Tuesday of banning boating in all
Santa Clara County reservoirs – at least until May 23. Citing the need
to protect the local water supply from invasive shellfish that have hitchhiked
to California on the bottoms of boats, they have barred all watercraft
including canoes, kayaks, water bikes, motorboats and fishing boats.(Apparently
sailboats aren’t watercraft – Ed.)

The
ban is expected to be temporary. Water and county officials are exploring
a plan to reopen the reservoirs – possibly by Memorial Day weekend. But
that idea remains controversial and far from certain: It calls for closing
about half of the reservoirs to boaters and starting mandatory watercraft
inspections at the rest. And with an estimated $550,000 price tag to perform
inspections to the end of the year, both the water district and county
are waffling at paying for them. Officials are considering charging users
at least $7 for inspections. Read
the story
.