Heads up all you boaters. It doesn’t matter if you sail, power, wakeboard, fish or just cruise around. Your voice counts! The cost of boating will go up without this passing. And we need it to make sure the Recreational Boating Act of 2007 is passed quickly. Without this federal legislation you will need to apply and pay for a discharge permit to legally operate each of your boats, starting September 30, 2008.
Please take a few minutes and contact your one Representative and two Senators, even if you have already done so. We need them to support and co-sponsor “The Recreational Boating Act of 2007” (House Bill #2550 and Senate Bill #2067).
BoatUS has been working with other boating groups (yours truly included) to pass this legislation which will eliminate (for recreational boats only) the new court-imposed EPA permit. We know that boating depends on clean water and healthy natural resources. However, a boat permit will not create a tangible environmental benefit, and it will be another inconvenience and tax for you.
It is important to note that all current environmental restrictions on the overboard discharge of oil, fuel, garbage, and sewage still stand, and will not be altered by this legislation.
Help boating by contacting your Representative and Senators:
The 10 co-sponsors on the Senate Bill are: Martinez (FL), Bunning (KY), Chambliss (GA), Dole and Burr (NC), Isakson (GA), Sessions (AL), Cornyn and Hutchison (TX), and Lott (MS).
Click here to email your Representative Use your 9 digit zip code: 97306-3515
For background information:
We all need to pay attention to what the government is doing to the boating industry. If you don’t make your voice heard then don’t complain when you have to shell out more money to go out on your boat. Don’t wait until later to email them. You’re on line now, do it now. Thanks!
2 Comments posted on "Recreational Boating Act of 2007"
Sailing my life away » TravelBlog Archive » Life on the Water on December 1st, 2007 at 11:15 am #
[…] If you have a boat you can talk about it here too. I am in the Pacifc Northwest and very slowly making my way over the water. I found a place today that was telling about something our lawmakers are doing that may cost me some of my cruising kitty. I was surprised that I didn’t know about this. […]
HR 2550 and S 2067 on March 9th, 2008 at 2:42 pm #
[…] comments in on this issue even that little dingy will need a permit. So, heads up boaters and click here to read more and find the links to get you where you need to be. Share and Enjoy: These icons link […]
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