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Most recreational boaters don't have expensive navigation tools. (Photo: Julie Grant)
Most recreational boaters don't have expensive navigation tools. (Photo: Julie Grant)

Security complicates boating along the border

It's been a year of uncertainty for boaters along the St. Lawrence River. The U.S.-Canada border snakes down the St. Lawrence through the Thousand Islands past Massena, NY. When Canadian border agents seized an American fishing boat earlier this season, they upset a long held understanding of U.S. boaters. Roy Anderson hadn't docked or anchored. He had simply drifted across the international border.

Canadian border agents said Anderson hadn't checked in at a port of entry. They forced him to pay $1000 or have his boat seized. American boaters were shocked. They didn't know they needed to check in with Canada when drifting.

Anderson has since gotten most of his money back from the Canadian government. And politicians on both sides of the border are trying to provide some clarity about what is and isn't OK. Charter boat captains hope something can be done. They say the dispute is bad for business. Julie Grant went to Clayton to see firsthand the challenges of boating the border.  Go to full article
Our primary purpose is to return the River to the position it was in two months ago.

Owens proposes customs ease on River

North Country Congressman Bill Owens and his counterpart in Canada want to make it easier for boaters to cruise the Thousand Islands without running afoul of border check-in requirements.

In a phone press conference Wednesday, Owens said he's introduced a bill in the House that would allow Canadian boaters to cross the international border without checking in with customs officers as long as they don't stop in U.S. territory. Canada would pass a similar law for U.S. boaters.  Go to full article
The Thousand Islands divided by the international border ©Google
The Thousand Islands divided by the international border ©Google

Canadian fine prompts confusion on the St. Lawrence

There's a lot of confusion today among boaters, fishermen and others in the thousand islands region. This after the State Department said Tuesday that Canadian Border Officials were well within their rights to threaten to seize an American fisherman's boat, and fine him a thousand dollars for fishing in Canadian waters without registering at customs.  Go to full article
They’re worried about will this happen again to other Americans during the summer

Lawmakers question St. Lawrence boat seizure

Lawmakers on both sides of the border are looking for answers after a fisherman's boat was seized in Canadian waters on the St. Lawrence River.

Canadian border agents said U.S. citizen, Roy Anderson, didn't check in at a port of entry. They fined Anderson a thousand dollars.

But Anderson's boat wasn't docked or anchored. Lawmakers say requiring boats that drift across the international border to check in would wreak havoc on the fishing and tourism industries. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Number Boats - two replicas and an original - at the Alexandria Bay docks. Photo: Sam Newman.
Number Boats - two replicas and an original - at the Alexandria Bay docks. Photo: Sam Newman.

St. Lawrence "Number Boats" race again

A hundred years ago, the Thousand Islands was one of the vacation spots for the nation's elite. Millionaires built palatial summer homes on the St. Lawrence River. And they liked to race their newest boats. From this culture sprang a new idea in motor boat racing - build a bunch of boats exactly the same. So when they're raced, the skills of the driver - and not the design and cost of the boat itself - will determine the winner. David Sommerstein has the story of the Thousand Islands' Number Boats.  Go to full article

Charges and questions after kayaking death on Lake George

A Queensbury man faces a charge of reckless operation after a fatal collision yesterday with kayakers on Lake George. Warren County Sheriff's Lieutenant Robert Smith says 73-year-old Donald Peltier apparently did not see the man and woman paddling separate boats on the lake's choppy water. The body of 63-year-old Peter Snyder, of Troy, NY, was pulled from the lake around 8 o'clock Wednesday night. His wife, Bonita Hagan, was also thrown into the water by Peltier's motorboat. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

APA will try again on new boathouse rules

The Adirondack Park Agency has been trying for months to nail down new rules for boathouse construction in the Adirondack Park. Commissioners will try again at their monthly meeting in Ray Brook this week. They'll consider redefining "boathouse," after deadlocking on a similar proposal last month. Chris Knight reports there are new commissioners in the mix this time, and observers hope a new focus on environmental issues.  Go to full article
A dock in Morristown last month, posted by Susan Steffen LaRue to Save the River's Facebook page.
A dock in Morristown last month, posted by Susan Steffen LaRue to Save the River's Facebook page.

Thousand Islands boaters nervous as water level dips

The sun and warm temperatures are starting to bring boaters back to the St. Lawrence River. But especially in the Thousand Islands, they're being greeted by unusually low water levels. A dry winter and warm spring across the Great Lakes is mostly to blame. But that hasn't stopped lawmakers on both sides of the border from clamoring for a new system for controlling water flows. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

APA opens hearings on boathouse rules

The Adirondack Park Agency convened the first of four public hearings on new rules for boathouses last night at its headquarters in Ray Brook. The proposal limits new boathouses to 900 square feet in size, 15 feet in height, and sets a minimum roof pitch for a boathouse. Contractors, architects and environmentalists turned out to comment. Chris Knight reports.

(The APA has scheduled three more public hearings on the revised boathouse definition: tonight in Old Forge and Thursday in Albany and Lake George.)  Go to full article

IJC reverses course on water levels plan

The binational board that controls water levels on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario is doing an about-face that's a victory for environmentalists. In a letter Thursday to Secretary of State Condolezza Rice, the International Joint Commission said there was "little support" for the water levels plan that came out of a five-year, $20-million study. The IJC appears to be abandoning the plan, saying it is "not a practical option." Instead, the IJC said 20 public hearings and more than a thousand comments over the last year indicated "broad, strong interest" for returning the natural ebbs and flows to the river and lake. That was the overwhelming opinion across the North Country. Jennifer Caddick directs Save the River, based in Clayton. Save the River led a campaign for management of water levels that's better for the environment. Caddick told David Sommerstein the IJC's announcement is encouraging news.  Go to full article

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