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Pictured Rocks NL to allow 2-stroke jet skis to continue operating in park

Continued use of two-stroke personal watercraft at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan will disturb wildlife, generate pollution, and might intrude on the wilderness experience at the lakeshore, but the National Park Service believes those impacts will disappear as newer PWCs replace two-stroke models.

Additionally, the decision announced Wednesday, which allows continued PWC use from the western boundary of the lakeshore to Miners Beach, or roughly one-fifth of the 42 miles of shoreline in the park, does away with a past proposal to give owners of two-stroke watercraft two years to upgrade to a machine that meets 2010 EPA air quality emission standards.

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