>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.
"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."