Sep 30, 2013 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Starting next May, motor-boaters will have to complete an eight-hour boat safety course and get a certificate to operate on New York waterways.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the boat safety legislation into law on Friday. It will be phased in over several years, applying initially to anyone 18 or younger and eventually to all boaters. First-time violators could get a fine of $100 to $250. Go to full article
Nov 26, 2002 — For more than a hundred years, man has made changes to rivers and lakes. Locks, dams and redirecting waterways has raised water levels and increased river flows. One effect has been the near disappearance of islands that once provided habitat for fish, plants and birds. Some groups are trying to rebuild those islands. But the concept of a man-made island is not universally accepted. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Jonathan Ahl reports. Go to full article
Apr 02, 2002 — Officials are urging anglers to trade in their lead sinkers for tin and steel alternatives. State wildlife officials and environmentalists say the sinkers can poison and even kill loons. The Legislature is considering banning the sale of lead sinkers of one-half-ounce or less. Martha Foley talks with Dr. Nina Schoch who has helped to organize a sinker exchange program. Go to full article