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Carbureted engine watercraft ban set for Lake Mead


Sam Morris

This is a view of The Narrows on Lake Mead during an ecotour aboard the catamaran Velocity Thursday, August 9, 2001.

Lake Mead Recreation

Paul Gulotta cools off at Boulder Beach Sunday, July 9, 2000. The beach is among several areas that are to receive capital improvements from public land exchange funds that Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt announced during his visit to Las Vegas last week. STEVE MARCUS / LAS VEGAS SUN Launch slideshow »

The National Park Service says personal watercraft owners with carbureted two-stroke engines are going to have to keep their Jet-Skis, SeaDoos and WaveRunners off Lake Mead and Lake Mohave after Jan. 1.

Park Superintendent Bill Dickinson says concerns about the amount of fuel the old-model engines spew into the water are behind the ban on the two Colorado River reservoirs.

Dickinson notes the Lake Mead reservoir behind Hoover Dam supplies drinking water for millions of people in the Las Vegas area.

Boats are exempt. And personal watercraft with direct-injection two-stroke or four-stroke engines aren't subject to the rule.

The Park Service says a list of watercraft that meet standards will be posted online and made available at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area visitors center, entrance stations and marinas.

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