EPA Revises Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’

Image via U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army have announced establishment of a final rule on the definition of “waters of the United States (WOTUS).” The final rule restores essential water protections that were in place prior to 2015 under the Clean Water […]

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Mercury’s St. Cloud facility earns zero-waste designation

Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), today announced that its Plant 7 manufacturing operation in St. Cloud, Florida, has achieved a zero-waste-to-landfill designation. The factory makes electrical and plastic components for the company’s marine engines and related parts, accessories and technologies.  Plant 7 is the fourth Mercury facility to achieve this designation. Its three predecessors are […]

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What About Those Abandoned Boats?

Abandoned or derelict vessels, such as this one in Florida, are a problem for the public wherever they are. Sam Hudson You’ve probably seen them at some point in your fishing life. Sometimes they are on moorings, but obviously have not been moved for years. Sometimes they are resting in a backwater, covered in seabird […]

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How to Get Rid of Stubborn Boat Smells

Your boat stinks. What’s the fix? Mike Smith considers Glade, vinegar, ozone, bleach, elbow grease and something called thermo accelerated nano crystal sanitation. Your boat stinks. What’s the fix? Mike Smith considers Glade, vinegar, ozone, bleach, elbow grease and something called thermo accelerated nano crystal sanitation. Have you ever boarded your boat looking forward to […]

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First Great Lake-Built Freighter in Nearly 40 Years

PHOTO COURTESY OF INTERNATIONAL STEAMSHIP COMPANY The International Steamship Company’s Mark W. Barker christened on Cleveland’s waterfront in August 2022 is the first Great Lakes freighter built on freshwater lakes in almost 40 years. Constructed at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, the freighter is built of iron ore mined in Minnesota and forged […]

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EPA Extends Comment Period on Proposed Pebble Mine

Image via Environmental Protection Agency. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said last week that it has once again extended the comment period for proposed restrictions on mining at the proposed Pebble mine site in Southwest Alaska, this time until Dec. 2. The comment period was originally set to end in July, then was continued to […]

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EPA Investing $79M in Columbia River Basin Restoration

Map courtesy of Province of British Columbia. Environmental Protection Agency officials, citing toxic contaminants in the Columbia River Basin as a serious risk to the region’s economic health, said that the EPA plans to invest $79 million over five years for protection and restoration of the river. EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan said up to […]

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Alaskans Celebrate 7th Annual Wild Salmon Day

Image: Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Alaskans are celebrating the seventh annual Wild Salmon Day on Aug. 10 in Anchorage to honor shared connections to salmon and the importance of health salmon habitat. Organizers said the free event at Anchorage’s Westchester Lagoon from 6-8 p.m. will feature live music, several vendors, activities for children and the […]

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Boat Seat Maintenance Tips

Failure to protect your boat’s upholstery can lead to premature wear. Jim Hendricks Consider the basic anatomy of a boat: exterior, interior, engine. On that level, a boat is not so different from a car—with one huge exception. Saltwater fishing boats live in a hyper-corrosive environment. While a car owner can periodically schedule automotive upkeep […]

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U.S. joins Clean Seas Campaign

The United States of America has officially joined the Clean Seas Campaign, demonstrating their commitment to ending plastic pollution. In doing so, they acknowledge the need to curb the flow of marine litter and plastic pollution entering lakes, rivers, and the ocean and, in effect, are providing greater engagement to the biggest campaign devoted to […]

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EPA’s Revised Proposed Determination Scrutinized

A map of the Bristol Bay watershed, which the proposed Pebble Mine project would abut. Image: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Proponents and opponents of the proposed Pebble mine project converged on the cities of Dillingham and Newhalen, and virtually in Southwest Alaska this past week to testify on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s revised proposed […]

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