New Rules for Personal Watercraft Start with the New Year | News
New rules for personal watercraft will go into effect at Lake Mead and Lake Mohave starting January 1.
No one may operate a personal watercraft within the park unless it meets emission standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2006. Only personal watercraft that use direct-injection two-stroke or four-stroke engines will be allowed on the lakes. Boats are not subject to the new restrictions.
According to the EPA, the problem is fuel leakage. The rules hope to help keep the lake clean.
“Lake Mead supplies drinking water for millions of people in Las Vegas, and carbureted two-stroke engines have been shown to discharge as much as 30 percent of their fuel directly into lake waters,” said Bill Dickinson, park superintendent. “This pollution has the potential to harm water quality, people’s health and aquatic organisms.”
Starting January 1, park rangers will patrol the lake and use other enforcement efforts to find people still using the outdated watercraft.
If you are unsure if your personal watercraft meets the new standard, go to nps.gov/lake/parkmgmt/twostroke.htm. There will also be a list of compliant models at the visitors centers, entrance stations and marinas around the lake.