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P-hat_in_Cincy
07-23-2007, 07:50 PM
Received this from BoatUS today:

"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 . Wed 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. EPAs 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"

Maristar210
07-23-2007, 09:15 PM
Sniper a Liberal TODAY :D

P-hat_in_Cincy
07-23-2007, 09:17 PM
Sniper a Liberal TODAY :D

huh? :confused:

Maristar210
07-23-2007, 09:21 PM
huh? :confused:


Exactly.......

P-hat_in_Cincy
07-24-2007, 07:55 AM
Exactly.......

No really...I'm not catching the jist of your comment, so I'm asking for an explanation.

Maristar210
07-24-2007, 08:15 AM
P-Hat,

Political jibberish and circular conversation is what that sounds like to me.

P-hat_in_Cincy
07-24-2007, 08:49 AM
Ahh...maybe so. I'm just passing it along as I received it, but I'd hate to have to get a permit for my open engine cooling and water ballast systems. It lacks common sense to do something like this. Are they really going to target every recreational bass/fishing boat for their live wells too? I imagine the sports/recreactional fishing contigency has a loud voice and will rally if what is being communicated is accurate.

Maristar210
07-24-2007, 09:01 AM
Ahh...maybe so. I'm just passing it along as I received it, but I'd hate to have to get a permit for my open engine cooling and water ballast systems. It lacks common sense to do something like this. Are they really going to target every recreational bass/fishing boat for their live wells too? I imagine the sports/recreactional fishing contigency has a loud voice and will rally if what is being communicated is accurate.

We are not the problem. The political society on both sides of the aisle likes to blame issues on the masses for even dispursal when in fact the freight tankers are responsible for the initialization of all of this. We as recreational boaters were not the source of the issue because we don't carry tens of thousands of gallons of water from one side of the globe to the other. Leave the boaters our of this, they are the ones faced with the results.

See what you did P-hat? you got me started..... :D

Our governer did not know freight ships fill and empty thier ballasts as a normal occurance. She, like many do not understand what really occurs. I wish the Canadiens would take her back. Her **** is so transparent and fruitless.... Canucks probably have a no return policy on her but maybe an even trade for Hillary would suffice? :D

Whew, back to work.....

P-hat_in_Cincy
07-24-2007, 10:00 AM
See what you did P-hat? you got me started..... :D

Well, you don't need that first cup of coffee as much now! :D

Take care!