Title

"The Talk of Maine" piece on personal watercraft (PWC) such as Jet Skis. With m

Authors

Jeff Clark

Source

Down East

Date

7-1-1997

Pages

9-12

Abstract

"The Talk of Maine" piece on personal watercraft (PWC) such as Jet Skis. With more water and fewer PWC regulations than any other New England state, Maine is a last frontier. The watercraft have an adverse effect on fishing, camping, and vacationing at upcountry lakes and ponds and many people want to see them severely restricted or banned. Some observers say North Woods loons have been driven away from some lakes by PWC harassment. Water bikers rarely observe the state law requiring a minimum speed within 200 feet of any shoreline, and they tear up trout and salmon spawning areas. Joan Irish of Yarmouth, president of the Kezar Lake Association, is in the forefront of an effort to regulate PWCs. She is a member of the Great Ponds Task Force, which offered 35 recommendations to the Legislature to regulate PWCs. However, lawmakers chose to carry over the issue and to appoint a study commission. It is estimated that there are 2,000 to 3,000 of the watercraft registered in-state.

Subjects

Jet skis

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