How much ethanol do you want in your gas in 2018?
Now’s a good time to speak up about the harmful effects of higher levels of ethanol on boat engines.
The Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public comments on the amount of ethanol that must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply for 2018.
The Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is urging recreational boaters to speak up and be heard by providing comments. The deadline is midnight, Aug. 31.
“While the nation’s proposed ethanol levels for 2018 are slightly lower than the 2017 mandate, boaters can expect to face higher ethanol-fuel blends, such as E15 (15-percent ethanol) at more gas stations next year under the current proposal,” said BoatUS Manager of Government Affairs David Kennedy.
Federal law prohibits the use of gas blends greater than E10 (10-percent ethanol) in recreational boats because it damages engines. Most recreational boaters refuel their boats at roadside gas stations.
E15 and higher ethanol blend fuel can now be found in at least 23 states, often at the very same pumps as E10 gasoline. A single sticker on the dispenser pump mixed in with all the other labels may be the only warning of E15 gasoline. This creates a dangerous potential for misfueling and puts boaters at risk of using fuel that will damage their engines.
More information is available on the boatus.com website.
*** BOW Fall workshop Registration is now open for this year’s “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” Fall Workshop scheduled Oct. 27-29 at the Western Maryland 4-H Center in Garrett County. The weekend event, with available cabin lodging, offers more than 30 different classes, including firearm safety, preserving the harvest, fly fishing, beekeeping, kayaking and more. In addition to classes, activities include evening programs like a game feast, nature presentations and night hikes.
The weekend is designed primarily for women, but it’s an opportunity for anyone 18 years or older. Complete information is available on the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website. You can find it by googling Mar yland BOW. Additional information is available by contacting Letha Grimes at 301-791-4736 ext. 103 or by email at email@example.com.
*** Managing menhaden
The Atlantic coastal states of Maine through Florida have scheduled their hearings to gather public comment on Draft Amendment 3 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden.
Local hearings are scheduled in Delaware and Maryland:
Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, Sept. 14; 6 p.m., DNREC Auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901; Contact: John Clark at 302.739.9914.
Mar yland Dept. of Natural Resources, Sept. 18; 6 p.m. Location
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