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Diving Operations
All motorboat operators should be aware of the two flags which
indicate the presence of divers in the water. The official blue
and white Alpha Flag flown from a vessel is the internationally
recognized indicator of dive activity in the water. Any vessel
displaying the Alpha flag is to be considered restricted in its ability
to maneuver and should be afforded the right of way. The other
flag, "diver down", which is prescribed by the state, is a red flag
with a white diagonal stripe. This flag should be attached to a float
to indicate the diver's presence.
Under no circumstances should a vessel approach within 100
feet of any craft or object displaying either flag. Divers should be
aware that it is illegal to disturb any underwater archeological site
and/or remove any artifacts without a state issued permit.

Dams and Spillways
One of the greatest potential dangers to any boater on
inland rivers and streams are lowhead dams. The lowhead dam
is particularly dangerous because it isn't well recognized as a
potential death trap. The principal purpose of any lowhead dam is
to maintain a minimum upstream water level above the dam. The
typical drop off at a lowhead dam is deceptively small, however
the power of the water going over the dam at any given moment
can be very large. The unwary boater may think it safe to shoot
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