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Alert - let your Congress Reps know!

Just received this note from boat US which is self-explanatory. Seems like we all need to write our Congressmen and Senators if we don't want a lot of pain in our boating future!

July 23, 2007

Dear BoatUS Member,
For 34 years the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has exempted discharges from recreational boats from the Clean Water Act permit system. Regretfully, a recent court ruling cancelled this permit exemption. EPA is required by the court decision to develop and implement by September 30, 2008 a national permit system for ALL vessels in the United States for a variety of normal operational discharges.

We have been working behind the scenes with other boating organizations to get the exemption reinstated for recreational boats. Fortunately, the Recreational Boating Act of 2007 (H.R. 2550) has been introduced by Representatives Gene Taylor (D-Miss) and Candice Miller (R-Mich) which would protect recreational boats from being swept into this unnecessary and expensive permitting system.

It is critically important that H.R. 2550 be passed and your support is essential. Please contact your Congressman and Senators TODAY and ask that they co-sponsor or support H.R. 2550.

If the permit system becomes a reality, you will be required to pay for a state permit for each of your boats. EPA will be monitoring your deck runoff, grey water, bilge water, engine cooling water, and the use of copper bottom paints.

The original lawsuit that led to this court decision sought to address ballast water discharges from large ocean-going ships, which can introduce damaging aquatic invasive species into U.S. waters. Keeping our waterways clean and preventing the spread of invasive species is of utmost importance to the future of boating. But taking a complex permitting system designed for industrial dischargers and applying it to recreational boats will not yield significant environmental benefits and it will come at a very high cost. Requiring recreational boaters to purchase a permit would not prevent the spread of invasive species.

BoatUS has been a leader in educating boaters about Clean Boating practices for more than a decade. Our nonprofit Foundation has funded local education projects on invasive species prevention, helped develop voluntary Clean Marina programs, and authored much of the country's Clean Boating outreach. These positive education efforts are making a difference.

Please ask your elected federal representatives to support H.R. 2550. It is common-sense legislation. As you send your emails to your Members of Congress, please copy BoatUS at GovtAffairs@BoatUS.com . We’d also like to ask you to send a copy of your correspondence to the EPA, so they can see how this will affect citizens. However, please know that if you choose to send it to EPA, it will become a part of the public record. EPA’s email is ow-docket@epa.gov , and your email needs to have a subject line with Docket ID No. OW-2007-0483.

For More Information:

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for a sample email letter

Click here to easily send an email to your Members of Congress.

Forward this Action Alert to your friends, your fishing and boat club, your marina neighbors, and your local press!

Thank you for your help.

Sincerely,

Margaret Podlich

BoatUS Government Affairs
GovtAffairs@BoatUS.com
703-461-2864 or 703-461-2878 x8363
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EPA will be monitoring your deck runoff, grey water, bilge water, engine cooling water, and the use of copper bottom paints.
Considering there are upwards of 20,000,000 recreational boats in this country, it seems fairly unlikely that this will come to pass.
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That it would be a nightmare to implement has never stopped the government from applying unnecessary and unneeded regulations before, not to mention the fact this is another source of revenue for them.

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Considering there are upwards of 20,000,000 recreational boats in this country, it seems fairly unlikely that this will come to pass.
They didn’t have any problem registering those boats that had an engine did they? It’s unlikely that a boat without an engine has a head so registering all boats with heads is no more complex then registering all powered boats and you have the state registration list to start with. I see it as doable and coming because government adds complexity by default instead of simplifying things. If nobody says anything about this it will be the law soon.
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I am sorry to hear this. They caused a lot of problems here on the Hudson River.
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All registered boat owners in and around the waters of Narragansett Bay are already required to comply with an annual fee insuring compliance with the zero head discharge laws. A $35.00 fee per head is paid upon a mandatory vessel inspection by a State licensed inspector (essentially marine plumbing contractors). This is just another mandatory State discharge fee to enlarge our hole in the water.

Since we have two heads, our annual fee is $70.00. This is a load of crap, since the State also gets the fees all independant inspectors need to pay for licensing - the carrot being, they may get some billable work from "violators".

It's really all about the money.
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Another fine example of an American useless law, with the objective of extorting money...

I really really can't understand this...makes no sense to me.

How will paying a fee (od knows where that money goes, but I have an idea) avoid water contamination??

Our Governments are so different...why don't they just create an inspection department and get paid on violations? wouldn't that be a simpler more effective solution?

The good does not have to pay for the bad...

I feel sorry for you guys...
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Another fine example of an American useless law, with the objective of extorting money...

I really really can't understand this...makes no sense to me.

How will paying a fee (od knows where that money goes, but I have an idea) avoid water contamination??

Our Governments are so different...why don't they just create an inspection department and get paid on violations? wouldn't that be a simpler more effective solution?

The good does not have to pay for the bad...

I feel sorry for you guys...

Our government doesn't do simple! If it did, there would be "Line item veto" for the president and a flat income tax requiring no filing. Not to mention a bazillion other shortcomings!
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