Jet Ski Ban passed for S.F. Bay Area coast


Mar 11, 2001
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PWC ban passed for Farallones

Tom Stienstra, SF Chronicle  

Sunday, September 16, 2001

The largest Jet Ski-free zone in America will be established next month off the Bay Area coast.

New federal rules were finalized this past week that will prohibit the use of personal watercraft (PWC) such as Jet Skis, WaveRunners and Ski Doos across nearly 950 square miles in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, which is roughly the size of Yosemite National Park. The ban will take effect on Oct. 10.

"We urge NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) to take similar action at other marine sanctuaries to protect the public, sanctuary resources and wildlife from these noisy, dirty and dangerous machines," said Sean Smith of Bluewater Network of San Francisco, the key player in supporting the ban. The ruling was first proposed by the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin.

Jet Skis and other PWCs already have been prohibited in many areas in the Bay Area through a California law that permits local governments to set boating ordinances. The bans include areas within 1,200 feet of the shoreline of San Francisco, from all shoreline access points in Sausalito and Bel Marin Keyes, in the surf zone along the city of Pacifica, throughout Monterey Bay, and along much of the Mendocino County coast. They also are outlawed at dozens of lakes.

The reason is because PWCs have been documented as far more than just pests at lakes for people who prefer calm, quiet settings.

Tests have shown that PWC engines often are among the worst polluters of water and air, according to the California Air Resources Control Board, and their riders have the highest accident rate of all boaters, according to the Department of Boating and Waterways. Their presence can also disturb nesting birds and wildlife, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

From the moment the Jet Ski was invented, there have been problems. When riders of PWCs band together to ride where swimmers, surfers, kayakers or fishermen are present, there seems to be inevitable antagonism, conflict and showdowns.


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Mar 19, 2001
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There gose some more personal freedom.  I've read stuff from this Stienstra guy about jet ski's before.  He's definenly got a problem with them.
 I fish, swim, have water skied, kayaked and jet skied and love it all.  If people want calm go to the wilderness cause there's nothing calm about skiing or just plain power boating.  Go to any big lake and show me calm on a weekend day.  Hell this ban is in the ocean, I guess it's not big enough for everyone huh? I've never jet skied out there but now I can't even if I wanted.
  And what is a power boat besides a personal watercraft.  The polution ani't no worst than any other two stroke boat motor.
 Next it will be ATV's.  Oh yea that's on another page here.   F---en whiners live and let live.:mad-red:

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