MWCD to host boater education classes

February 24, 2011

Ohio residents who are 29 years old and younger this year and planning to operate boats with motors of greater than 10 horsepower must comply with a mandatory boater education law.

 

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) will host several classes this year to assist boaters with meeting the education requirements. The cost of the course is $5 per person and registration is handled through the MWCD main office at New Philadelphia.

 

According to state law, all boaters born on or after Jan. 1, 1982, must show proof that they have successfully completed an approved boating safety education course if they operate any powered watercraft great than 10 horsepower on a state waterway, including any MWCD lake. The law includes those who operate personal watercraft, rental powercraft and persons 18 years old and older who supervise youth powerboat operators.

 

The MWCD will host three upcoming classes that meet the Ohio boating education requirement at the following dates, times and locations:

 

March 22-24 – 6 to 9 p.m. each night – MWCD main office, 1319 3rd St. NW, New Philadelphia.

 

April 16 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Pleasant Hill Lake Park activity center – 3431 Rt. 95, Perrysville.

 

April 29 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and April 30 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) – Tappan Lake Park activity center – 84000 Mallarnee Rd., Deersville. Participants must attend both sessions to meet full education requirement.

 

For registration, contact Stacie Stein at the MWCD office by calling toll-free (877) 363-8500 Ext. 2201, or by sending a message to sstein@mwcd.org.

 

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Watercraft, the number of boating-related deaths in Ohio has declined 26 percent during the period of 2001-2010 since the law was enacted in comparison to the previous decade of 1991-2000.

 

The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Basin, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving more than $8 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government. The reservoirs are managed by the MWCD and the dams are managed for flood-risk management by the USACE.

 

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