Santa Clara, CA - Attempting to ban boating

Santa Clara, CA - Attempting to ban boating

Post by co » Wed, 04 Feb 1998 04:00:00


First California adds this to the gas now a water district attempting to
ban boat on all county reservoirs.

From the San Jose Mercury News

"Chemicals in water threatens boat use South Bay power boaters soon
might have to drive all the way to the delta to find suitable fresh
water for skiing and fishing. Because minute amounts of the
controversial gasoline additive MTBE have been detected in local
drinking water supplies, the staff of the Santa Clara Valley Water
District will ask its board Tuesday to suspend power boating in
Anderson, Calero and Coyote reservoirs -- the only three in the county
where it's now permitted. "

John
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Santa Clara, CA - Attempting to ban boating

Post by Ctrev » Thu, 05 Feb 1998 04:00:00

I think if you take another look at the proposed ban, it applies only to two
stroke engines, ie. jet skis, and outboard motors.  
The same ban will take effect shortly at lake Tahoe as well.
They have found that these motors are so inefficient, that for every tank of
gas that they consume, more than a gallon of unburnt gas leaks into the water
through the exhaust.

This is how I understand the new law as it applies.

 
 
 

Santa Clara, CA - Attempting to ban boating

Post by jstant » Thu, 05 Feb 1998 04:00:00

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Quote:
>I think if you take another look at the proposed ban, it applies only to two
>stroke engines, ie. jet skis, and outboard motors.  
>The same ban will take effect shortly at lake Tahoe as well.
>They have found that these motors are so inefficient, that for every tank of
>gas that they consume, more than a gallon of unburnt gas leaks into the water
>through the exhaust.

>This is how I understand the new law as it applies.

Absolutely not true. This is one of the proposals of the ban. Another
proposal is to ban all gas-powered boating until MTBE is eliminated
from the fuel. And the other is to sell MTBE-free gas just for
boating. The authority is the governing body, Santa Clara Valley Water
District which is a public utility. The board of directors are the one
who will decide on any type of ban should it come to that. These
directors are voted into public office by the voters in the county.

Someone suggested to ban refueling in the lakes until it was pointed
out that this was already against the law. Needless to say, this did
not score points for boaters. All it takes is some idiot boaters to
break the law and have a negative impact on the rest.  Also, this
gives you a clue on how the law is enforced. It is practically not
enforced and I've seen it broken regularly by the PWC'rs.

Finally, the Lake Tahoe issue was started long before MTBE was added
into the state's approved gasoline formula. The Santa Clara County
proposals were brought about because of low levels of MTBE being
detected. MTBE is highly toxic.

 
 
 

Santa Clara, CA - Attempting to ban boating

Post by co » Fri, 06 Feb 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>I think if you take another look at the proposed ban, it applies only to two
>stroke engines, ie. jet skis, and outboard motors.  
>The same ban will take effect shortly at lake Tahoe as well.
>They have found that these motors are so inefficient, that for every tank of
>gas that they consume, more than a gallon of unburnt gas leaks into the water
>through the exhaust.

>This is how I understand the new law as it applies.

Nope... the Santa Clara Water District's staff has recommend to the
Board a "total ban on all boats". And it appears they have enough of the
Director's votes to make it happen. Two Directors said they would change
their vote and vote in favor of the ban after the public had left. The
worse damage was done by a jet skier speaking against the ban who
admitted that they refuel on the shores and sometime spill gas and noted
that a full throttle they would have to refuel every 45 minutes. They
have however delayed their decision for 4 weeks and ask their staff to
come back with a list of alternates actions. They also asked them to
test other county lakes which do not allow power boating to compare the
levels of MTBE, which they have not done.

California needs to get MTBE out of our gasoline or you will see more of
these bans around the state. Write your California Senators today.

John

"Decision put off; Gov. Wilson urged to ban additive
Santa Clara Valley water officials Tuesday urged Gov. Pete Wilson to
order the polluting gasoline additive MTBE removed from motor fuels,
while delaying action on a proposed temporary boating ban that would
drive Bay Area power boaters to the delta."

John