New ‘Move- over’ law for boaters effective July 1
(Released June 29, 2009, MN DNR)
A new Minnesota law requiring boaters to stay clear of enforcement watercraft with their emergency lights flashing went into effect on July 1.
The new law states, “When approaching and passing a law enforcement watercraft with its emergency lights activated, the operator of a watercraft must safely move the watercraft away from the law enforcement watercraft and maintain a slow-no wake speed while within 150 feet of the law enforcement watercraft.”
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Groundwater is replenished by rainfall, but dry, hard ground contributes to heavier runoff; as well as ditches, pipes, and "impervious cover" like asphalt and hard landscaping. These elements all contribute to the severity of the drought. Hot, windy weather also contributes by evaporating moisture out of the topsoil.
Lower lake and stream levels reveal underwater obstructions and navigation hazards for boaters. Lower water levels also warm up water temperatures that lead to fish die-offs, or make fish feed at lower depths.
BOATERS BEWARE: "The pontoon boat was following us out of the marina, but rather than continuing out to the channel marker buoys, right out of the harbor entrance the driver cut the wheel hard and opened the throttle. He hit that sandbar full bore, and for the next half hour went back and forth, around in circles, trying to get his boat off the sandbar. We heard it cost him 50.00 for the tow, plus a thousand dollars to get all the sand out of the outboard."
The Mortgage rebate of up to $8000 for first time homebuyers is also heating up. The time to buy is now while home stocks are plentiful and prices are low. Don't wait for the market drought - call Rose Hart to navigate when you are ready to fish for the best house in the pond! 612-250-0119
The firewood ban remains in effect at all MN campgrounds. No firewood may be brought onto any state lands.
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