Filed Under (Boats and Boating Gear) by Debbie on 14-04-2008

Recreational boat owners in the US are now facing the legal requirement of permits for the normal use of their boat. Last fall the U.S. District court canceled the permit exemption that recreational boat owners have had for the past 34 years in regards to the Clean Water Act.

The Clean Water Act is a permit system designed for treatment of water ballast of large commercial ships. When the court canceled this permit exemption, the result was HR 2550 and it will affect every recreational boater in the US from large power yachts to a dinghy. If you own more than one boat you’ll need a permit for each boat and it will need to be renewed every five years. Potentially you may have to get a permit for every state you operate your boat in.

The EPA is now required by the court decision to implement by September 30, 2008 a national permit system for ALL vessels in the United States for a variety of normal operational discharges. This means if you have engine cooling water, a bilge, wakeboard ballast, wash down your deck, have a galley sink or even a dingy…you’ll need this permit.  That means we all have to act now before the deadline comes.

We have a new bill, S. 2766, “The Clean Boating Act of 2008”, that we all need to support. This bill will provide a permanent exemption for recreational boaters, anglers, and charter boats from the looming EPA discharge permit requirement. All the previous laws remain in effect.  I’d like to encourage you to contact your Congress members asking for their support.  As we all know, the elections are just a few months away and many members will be returning to their home districts so there’s little time to move this forward.

We have to act now!  You can find your Congress members here and this will give you the ability to email them now.  This is too important, don’t delay…do it now!  Really, it only takes a few minutes.  If you’ve dial up then click on the above link and go fix a cup of tea and come back.

If you’d like to read S 2766 you can.  You can also look under ‘Archive’ in the green tab above for more boating information.  Wakeboarders in the Portland Oregon area will want to see the new restrictions coming.  You can read about the   History of the Clean Water boating ActYou might want to see if your state is on board.

The Clean Boating Act 2008 is our best bet, please act now. Together we can make a difference in our recreational boating.  We have to get the word around or soon the permit system will be in place. Please click on the ‘share’ button below to email this page.  The Clean Boating Act 2008 needs your support!

Update:  The EPA has released it’s draft, view more information about the EPA Discharge Permit here.

Update: Congress votes.

Update: President’s action.

14 Comments posted on "S 2766 Clean Boating Act 2008"
Darren on April 15th, 2008 at 10:42 am #

Do you mean to tell me that I have to get a permit to use my boat!?

Debbie on April 15th, 2008 at 1:48 pm #

As things stand right now it looks that way. We all need to contact our government officials and tell them to support S 2766. Use the link at the bottom of the story to find out who you need to e-mail and then help get the word out to all your boating friends!

Stephanie on April 15th, 2008 at 7:29 pm #

Does this mean even the cataraft that you go whitewater (rafting) will even have to have a permit?

Debbie on April 15th, 2008 at 10:09 pm #

Most likely, the EPA permit effects all vessels…large or small…commercial or recreational.

Clean Water Boat Act on April 17th, 2008 at 8:40 am #

[…] right now.   You can read more about this, read the bill itself and find out who to contact by clicking here.  There’s a bit more information about this but near the bottom you’ll find links.  […]

at skis on April 20th, 2008 at 9:07 am #

You better read this!

used boats in mi on April 25th, 2008 at 3:54 pm #

[…] A permit just to be able to use the boat if something isn’t done?

Debbie on April 26th, 2008 at 8:17 am #

I’m afraid so! It could be really awful so everyone needs to call/email the proper persons and tell them to support S 2766. Pass this info along, you can copy and paste the above link in your browser bar to an email, then email everyone in your address book. Ask them to do the same. We all need to ‘fan the fires’ on the Clean Water Boating Act 2008.

New permits? on May 6th, 2008 at 7:59 am #

I am not happy about this. I’m contacting my congress member.

Debbie on May 6th, 2008 at 8:02 am #

Good for you! We all have to speak up before it’s too late.

dingies on May 12th, 2008 at 4:37 pm #

Just to use the boat?

Debbie on May 12th, 2008 at 5:12 pm #

At this point is seems so. We need to push this forward.

20 tips to improve your boats gas or diesel use on May 26th, 2008 at 8:33 pm #

[…] On a side note of keeping your money in your wallet.  If you’re not up on the new permit we’re all going to have to have then you might want to read about the upcomming boating permit the end of September.  […]

EPA Releases Boat Permit Draft on July 16th, 2008 at 2:05 pm #

[…] We as a group need to get on our representitives to pass the Clean Water Boating Act you can find the link to contact yours at this post. […]

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