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Outdoor Alabama
The recently extended federal red snapper season is good news for anglers. Watch this video for more information about the extended season and the state’s snapper check program.

Lake & River Promotions
National Window Film Day Shares Valuable Facts with Homeowners and Brings Window Film to Light International Window Film Association Announces April 30th in Recognition of Window Film and its Many Benefits Washington, D.C. – April 11, 2016 – The International Window Film Association (IWFA), a nonprofit…

Lake & River Promotions
Here it is! - The grand opening of the Blue Heron Zipline Adventure! This is the only zipline connecting two states and participants will soar 100 ft over the Chattahoochee River Whitewater Park - the best man-made Whitewater Course in the World by USA Today! Achieving speeds of up to 40mph, thrill seekers will zip over…

Emerald Gulf Coast Promotions
“The purpose of this program is to raise a community of people who understand the risks of the Gulf of Mexico,” said Lindsey Smith, the junior program coordinator for the Beach Safety Division. “We start with these kids learning about how to be safe at the beach and we’re adding to that community of people who know about…

Emerald Gulf Coast Promotions
Destin Harbor is alive and busy these days. The HarborWalk has a lot of events that appeal to a range of locals and visitors and the fishing industry has always been one of the best in the industry.

Emerald Gulf Coast Promotions
"A worker at Destin's new zipline suffered a minor injury Sunday night while helping a rider who was stuck on the line" "The zipline ride has been open since July 4th. HarborWalk officials say there have only been a couple of instances where dangling riders needed to be assisted the last few feet to the platform."http…

Emerald Gulf Coast Promotions
There is a Fairfield Inn on Okaloosa Island, and a second hotel, Towneplace Suites, on Eglin Parkway, that are both on the way to being approved with completion expected between July 2014 and January 2015.Read More at:

Press Release
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today the awarding of more than $13.5 million in competitive grants to 11 states for 16 boating infrastructure projects. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awards these grants, which will help fund construction of docks, boat slips and other facilities to support recreational…

Amy Han
As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ongoing We’re for Water campaign, this year’s Fix a Leak Week—March 14 - 20, 2011—encourages Americans to help put a stop to the more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted from household leaks each year. Finding and fixing leaks can save the average household…

Dean Langan
Receive $600 for Participating in Boat Research this WeekendDates: Sunday, February 20th or Monday the 21stLocation: Stuart, FloridaTime commitment: 2.5 hoursOne of the major boat manufacturers is looking for couples who currently own stern drive boats to participate in on-water testing so that they can better understand…

Steve Northington
It’s that time of year once again (I hate starting an article with that line) when we all wonder, will we use our boats anymore this year? We wonder, when is it time to winterize? I wonder if it will be a cold winter as last year was? And, worst of all, the most ridiculous one…. I wonder if I hang that 100 watt light bulb…

Amy Han
EPA's Office of Water launched a new Web clearinghouse of Lake Shoreland Protection Resources,, which provides practitioners with links to key resources to protect and restore fragile lake shorelands and to promote better stewardship by lakeside property owners and others who…

Jay Embry
The decision to purchase property can be daunting. Purchasing on the water can mean the stakes are even higher. If you have ever dreamed of buying a piece of shoreline for your dream home there are many things that you should consider. Here we present some of the issues that you need to take into account before…

Boat U.S.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – This summer, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will decide on whether to allow a 50% increase in the amount of ethanol in the nation’s gasoline supply, from the current E10 (or containing 10% ethanol) up to E15 (containing 15% ethanol). However, with testing data on the new “mid-level” ethanol…

Heather Babecki
Heather Babecki - Spookeay Marine, Hanover, AlabamaThe most neglected part of your boat, is often the hull bottom. It might be a ticking time bomb that could lead to a premature end to your boating season and budget.1. A Brief History of Marine FiberglassSome 50 years ago, fiberglass came into wide use in the…

Bassmaster Classic (February 19th - 21st)February is not only known for the NFL's Superbowl, but it is known for Bassmaster's Superbowl of bass fishing, the Classic. The 2010 Bassmaster Classic is being held on Lay Lake in Alabama. For those of you that may not know, the field consists…

Steve Northington
Although the cooling system on your boat shares some of the same features as your car or truck, the systems are actually quite different. For this article, we will use a standard inboard/outboard configuration for discussion. First off, when you are cruising around in your boat, you are riding in one big huge radiator…

Lakes Online
The NBC news team at KXAN in Austin, TX is reporting that Sea Ray has chosen Lake Travis to be the 2010 AquaPalooza. The exact location on the lake and musical artists have not been announced as they are still being planned.Local Sea Ray dealer Sail & Ski Center recently captured the…

Amy Han
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making almost $10 million in grants available to 37 eligible coastal and Great Lakes states, territories and tribes to monitor beach water quality and notify the public of conditions that may be unsafe for swimming. This marks the 10th year that EPA provides beach grant…

Watershed Academy
EPA’s Watershed Academy sponsors free Webcasts to help build the capacity of watershed practitioners from around the globe. On Wednesday, July 1, 2009, the Watershed Academy will sponsor the first in a series of Webcasts about the Clean Water Act (CWA). This first Webcast will provide an introduction to the CWA including a…

Media Relations
With the arrival of peak-boating and boat-selling season, last week, the U.S. Senate passed S. Res. 199, introduced by Senators Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), declared July 1, 2009 National Boating Day. The resolution recognizes the important role recreational boating and the boating industry play in the…

Cat McCue
Washington, DC – In a major step toward reversing years of attacks on wetlands and water protections, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today passed the Clean Water Restoration Act (S.787) by a 12-7 vote.The bill would clarify the extent of federal protection for all "waters of the United…

Press Release
Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today announced that $14.6 million will be awarded to 28 states under the Clean Vessel Act grant program in 2009. The grants will be used to fund the construction and installation of sewage pumpout facilities and floating restrooms, to purchase pumpout boats and provide…

Jody Ramsey
To maintain and improve outdated water infrastructure and keep our wastewater and drinking water clean and safe, EPA has budgeted $3.9 billion. The funding will support efforts around the country to build and renovate an estimated 1,000 clean water and 700 drinking water infrastructure projects, support green…

Christine Pomorski
May 7, 2009 – Late yesterday, Congressmen Ron Klein (D-Fla.) and Henry Brown (R-S.C.), along with Congressional Boating Caucus Co-Chairs Candice Miller (R-Mich.) and Gene Taylor (D-Miss.), introduced House Resolution 410, designating July 1, 2009 as National Boating Day in recognition of the important role recreational…

Christine Pomorski
Charles T. Drevna, President of NPRA, the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, appeared today before the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee’s Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety to discuss issues related to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuels…

Shawna Bergman
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Shawna Bergman
EPA's Environmental Assessment Provides Wellness Check-up The overall condition of the nation's coastal waters has improved slightly, based on a recently released environmental assessment. The National Coastal Condition Report III (NCCRIII) is the third in a series of environmental assessments of U.S. coastal and Great…

Shakeba Carter Jenkins
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Lakes Online
Your boat’s greatest enemy may be its fuel. There are a number of reports in the press about the negative effects of ethanol in marine fuel tanks -- this is a concern for boat owners. The problem began when many areas began banning the use of methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE), replacing it with ethanol blends. This…

Shawna Bergman
23rd Annual International Coastal Cleanup on September 20th EPA and NOAA are joining Ocean Conservancy in the International Coastal Cleanup, the world?s largest volunteer event of its kind. Since 1986, the International Coastal Cleanup has gathered six million volunteers to remove more than 100 million pounds of marine…

Cathy Milbourn
(Washington D.C. - Sept. 4, 2008) From lawn mowers and weed trimmers, to personal watercraft and speedboats, gas-powered engines will soon contribute to healthier and cleaner air for Americans. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set strict new standards for gas-powered lawn equipment and marine engines…

Deborah Duck
Regarding renewing your Alabama Fishing License, I would like to thank Jeff Leep for pointing out a few things to me that I would like to pass along to you readers. After trying to renew his license through the website that I had provided to you, the website would not allow him to purchase a license for next year…

Deborah Duck
Summertime Catfishing trips on Lake Martin are among some of my fondest memories. Being successful at fishing and consistently catching fish requires experience and dedication. There is no substitute for time on the water trying different methods, finding out what works in any given area at a given time. To help you…

Deborah Duck
Lake Martin is one of the best fishing lakes in the country, home to over 46 species of game and bait fish. Currently holding state records for White Crappie at 4 pounds 9 ounces is Jeremy White from Alexander City on May 8, 2000 and for Grass Carp at 70 pounds is Michael White, Jr. from Eclectic on April 12, 1999…

Deborah Duck
I have had reports of some good Crappie catches this past week, mostly night fishing on small Crappie shiners, gold Tuffies, and jigs. Jordan Deer Hair jigs produced the biggest fish, black being the best color at night. Two different groups were out fishing on two different nights and all caught the limit of keepers…

Deborah Duck
Summertime Bass fishing on Lake Martin is better than ever. The key is to fish during the week or at night. I'm finding early morning and later afternoons to be productive. On the weekends, you can get up in a slough where the recreational activity is not so heavy. The thing is, the fish are still there. They don't…

Shawna Bergman
EPA and NOAA Approve Coastal Nonpoint Programs for South Carolina and Florida On March 27, 2008, EPA and NOAA jointly approved the Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Programs for South Carolina and Florida, which these states submitted in accordance with Section 6217 of the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments of…

Shawna Bergman
Improved Monitoring and Prevention Keeping Beachgoers Better Protected Environmental Protection Agency's 2007 Swimming Season Update shows state and territorial beach water quality managers are improving monitoring and prevention, and beaches were open for use 95 percent of beach days in 2007. "We're all doing more to…

Shawna Bergman
Gulf Hypoxia Action Plan 2008 Approved The Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force approved a revised Action Plan for addressing hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico following a comprehensive reassessment of the 2001 Action Plan. The 2008 Action Plan will be released and available to the public…

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