The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment to help develop proposed regulations, as required by the 2008 Clean Boating Act, to reduce water pollution and the spread of invasive species in the nation's rivers, lakes and other water bodies.
As an alternative to permits required for commercial vessels, the act directs the EPA to develop and promulgate management practices for recreational vessels.
The comments received through the process will help guide the development of proposed regulations to mitigate adverse effects from recreational boat discharges, such as bilge water, graywater and deck runoff that might contain substances harmful to water quality or spread invasive species, the EPA said.
The Clean Boating Act directs the EPA to take steps to limit the effects of pollution and the spread of invasive species associated with the discharge from boats. As part of the public input, the EPA also is seeking information from states that already enact standards to limit the effects of boat discharges on waterways.
The EPA is holding listening sessions and conducting webinars to inform interested parties about the Clean Boating Act and receive public comment. The sessions will be held March 18 and April 29 in Annapolis, Md..