How much ethanol do you want in your gas in 2018?

Record Observer - - Sports -

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 letha.grimes@mary­land.gov.

*** 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

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Buc­ca­neers quar­ter­back Trent Jack­son hands the ball to run­ning back Peter Con­nor dur­ing prac­tice Mon­day af­ter­noon at Kent Is­land High School.

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