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Default Act Now! Tell Congress to Protect Boating By Passing the Clean Boating Act

Act Now! Tell Congress to Protect Boating By Passing the Clean Boating Act

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) on March 13 introduced legislation honoring their pledge to ensure recreational boaters and anglers will not need a federal permit to operate their boats. If enacted into law before a court imposed September 2008 deadline, the bill, S. 2766, The Clean Boating Act of 2008, would fully and permanently restore a longstanding, commonsense regulation that excludes recreational boaters and anglers from the federal and state permitting requirements under the Clean Water Act designed for land-based industrial facilities and ocean-going commercial ships. We need you to contact your Senators today and urge them to cosponsor this bill.

NMMA urges the recreational boating industry and the recreational boating community to contact their Senators today urging them to co-sponsor S. 2766, the Clean Boating Act of 2008. If this bill does not pass before September 2008, all 18 million recreational boats will have to get federal or state permits for everyday, water-based discharges like weather deck run-off and engine cooling water. NMMA and its BoatBlue Coalition partners believe recreational boats and large container ships are different, and shouldn’t be treated the same by the federal government.

It will take an act of Congress to fix this problem before boaters across the country will be required to wait in DMV-style lines for multiple, complex, costly permits. We need your help! Senators Boxer and Bill Nelson have introduced a bill in the U.S. Congress to solve this problem, and we need you to contact your Senators and tell them to support this legislation. Please visit www.boatblue.org to contact your Senators urging them to support S. 2766, the “Clean Boating Act of 2008.”
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