San Juan 26
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Robertsdale, AL
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I think all of us, by nature of being sailors, are interested in protecting our natural surroundings. This does not imply a willingness to bow to any law that is masked as "environmentally friendly" but in reality an effort by the government to collect more revenue. My response to the EPA would be to show some proof that recreational boaters represent a threat to water quality. I think you will find that industry and agriculture are a much much bigger threat to water quality. I work as a commercial diver in an inland capacity, I have seen firsthand the CRAP that papermills, chemical plants, and oil refineries are ALLOWED by the EPA to put in our rivers, bays, and waterways. It's these "allowable" levels of contaminates that needs to be addressed, not the minute levels of biodegradable contaminates that recreational, and commercial vessels for that matter, put into the water.
Keep the government out of the little man's pocketbook. Write your senators and congressmen. If they want something to levee permit fees on go after big oil, they've got plenty of money.
Jon Caisson Bozeman
S/V Little Miss Magic, Pirates Cove, AL