By Bruce Nason PC
There may be good news on the ethanol issue that is threatening marine and other small gasoline engines. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has held hearings on lowering the proposed standards for the amount of ethanol mandated to be blended into gasoline in 2014. While the action was certainly welcomed by the national marine industry its goal is still that of eliminating the blending of ethanol totally in fuels. To that end, legislation is being introduced in US Senate by a somewhat unusual co-sponsorship, Republican Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Democrat Diane Feinstein of California.
Do you use the Hoan Bridge to come down to your Club? You’re obviously become aware of the start of the resurfacing project and the lane changing that has been taking place. Have you wondered how those concrete barriers get moved to two lanes North in the morning rush and to two lanes South for the evening rush? Director Tom Gale took this photo of the ingenious machine that makes that switch in about an hour.
There may be good news for lake levels last year’s snowy winter and wet spring and summer led to an almost unprecedented recovery of Great Lakes levels, officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association reported. However because they were at or near record lows, several of the Great Lakes continue to have below-average water levels even after the recovery. The lakes levels typically get whatever rise they will have in a normal year during snowmelt and spring rains. Lakes Michigan and Huron, which are connected at the Straits of Mackinac, had a nearly 20-inch rise from late February to early June in 2013, compared with just a 4-inch seasonal rise the year before. The six-month forecast calls for water levels about a foot above those of a year ago on Lakes Michigan and Huron. Even with very dry conditions, further threat for record lows on Lakes Michigan and Huron aren’t expected.
You never know where our South Shore Yacht Club burgee will show up. I was paging through an old issue of Cruising World magazine and came upon this photo about a cruising club in the Ontario waters of Lake Heron’s North Channel.