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Mar. 16, 2010
Vol 3, No 1-10


Our April issue helps you do it


The theme for April is "Favorite Memories," and every story talks about either how to make happy memories--Sandy Lindsey reviews gadgets to help us entertain onboard--or about places that embody them.

For example, Susan Peterson Gately returns to tell about a program that uses tall ships to build character in her "Sisters Under Sail."      

The Unicorn under sail
Photo courtesy of Dawn Santamaria

sisters under sail

The talented Linda Aksomitis visits a place in the Near the Water feature that is full of memories for Americans:  Shiloh National Military Park, site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. A landing place for boats, Pittsburgh Landing, was vital for both sides and it's one of the reasons why a major battle was fought here. Pittsburgh Landing looks a lot more peaceful these days.

Pittsburgh Landing
Photo by Linda Aksomitis


St. Louis Arch

Alan Lloyd returns to HLB, this time with evocative pictures of "Cruising Down the Rivers." Here's one he took in from our own home town.

In the city of Pittsburgh, the educational program, RiverQuest, uses boats cruising that city's three rivers to teach about the area and about the environment. Kate Godfrey-DeMay writes about what's been accomplished One of the boats is the Explorer; here she is at work.

The Explorer
Photo by Brian Gauvin

small bag

The marina profiles--both great places to build memories with your family--are Heritage Harbor in Ottawa, Ill., and Eastport Marina & Resort, on Pickwick Lake. Lee Braff wrote about Heritage Harbor and Mearl Murphy wrote about Eastport Marina.


Entrance to Heritage Harbor from the Illinois River.
Photo by Lee Braff

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Joan Wenner writes in Waterway Law about wild and scenic river trails that many heartland states are establishing. One of them is the Muskingum River, which features some of the oldest locks in the nation, as this view shows.

Wear It

Muskingum River
Photo courtesy Ohio DNR

So, don't just sit there. Spring has sprung! It's time to get out on the water and make some memories of your own.


Gary Klein of Weatherford, Texas, and Tim Horton of Florence, Ala., know all too well that to catch the big one, you must take care of our waterways. So they decided to spearhead a waterway cleanup in advance of the 2008 Professional Anglers Association (PAA) Corporate Cup on Pickwick Lake, Tennessee.  


bass pro staff

Left to right, Gene Ellison of Bass Pro Shops staff; Stacey King, Pro Angler; Danny Blanford of Professional Angler's Association; Tim Horton, Pro Angler; and Mike Pellerin of BoatU.S. gather to present Horton with the BoatU.S. Environmental Leadership Award. Photo by Jeff Aitken, Recreational Boating Fishing Foundation


Their efforts earned them a BoatU.S. Foundation Environmental Leadership Award. The award recognizes those who have made a significant impact advancing clean boating and educating boaters about how they can minimize their environmental impacts.  

The day before the 2008 PAA tournament, Klein and Horton organized 13 boats of tournament anglers to clean up the lake. "We try to leave it better than the way we found it," said Klein, as the group hauled in hundreds of pounds of trash, tires and broken chairs.


"Professional anglers are at the top of the list of true conservationists. Seeing my friends and competitors take enough time to fill a city trash truck with garbage was something special," Horton said.

The pair was nominated for the award by Kay Smallwood of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association through Life On The Water

The BoatU.S. Foundation selection committee chose this year's recipients from more than 30 nominations. They looked for significant positive impact on the environment, solving an environmentally challenging aspect of boating, helping others understand the importance of clean boating, and enthusiastic promotion ofclean boating.

The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is an innovative leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. The nonprofit was founded in 1981 and is funded primarily by the half-million members of BoatU.S

ORSANCO announces public workshops


The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), an agency charged with keeping Ohio River water clean, has scheduled four public workshops to review its pollution-control standards. Heartland states represented in ORSANCO are Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

The review will be limited to four items: Criteria for Total Dissolved Solids, Criteria for selenium, Critical flow for criteria for human-health protection, and Provision for variances to the mixing zone requirements. The review will begin with a public-comment period. Comments on the specified portions of the standards will be accepted from now until April 16.


They're heading for the meeting!
Photo by Lee Braff

A series of workshops will help members of the public understand the expedited review. Each one will be conducted from 4 to 7 p.m., local time.

For Pittsburgh
--March 16, at the Holiday Inn Meadow Lands, 340 Racetrack Road, Washington, Pa.

For Huntington, W.Va.
--March 17, at the Pullman Plaza, 1001 Third Ave, Huntington, W.Va.

For Cincinnati
--March 23, at the Holiday Inn Airport, 1717 Airport Exchange Blvd, Erlanger, Ky.

For Evansville
--March 24, at the Aztar Hotel,421 NW

Riverside Drive, Evansville, Ind.


For more details, e-mail Jeanne Ison, call (513) 231-7719, or visit the ORSANCO Web site.      

Enjoy spring!

Lee Braff 

HeartLand Boating

Editorial Offices


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