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Apostle Islands Tapping Biodiesel For Boats


Apisscenic_copy_1     With fuel prices going ever higher, is it any wonder that folks are looking for ways to save money when it comes to fuel? Over at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Superintendent Bob Krumenaker is giving biodiesel a test to see if his fleet of boats can run on it.
    While the fuel also is less polluting than traditional gasoline and diesel, Krumenaker told the Daily Press of Ashland, Wisconsin, that the switch to biodiesel is not simply to be  politically correct.
    "We're doing it not simply to make a statement, but because we think it's actually good for us," he told the newspaper.
    For now, lakeshore officials are testing a blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent regular fuel in the engines of the Nenookaasi, a work boat that makes runs between the lakeshore's various islands.
If it proves to be a good alternative, Krumenaker hopes to use biodiesel in more of his fleet.
    A potential problem, though, is finding a good supply of biodiesel. For now the lakeshore is relying on a supplier in Minneapolis.
    You can learn more about the lakeshore's biodiesel experiment here.

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