Keeping waterways clean and open to boaters is an important goal of the recreational marine industry. Individually and as members of trade organizations, marine businesses push for the enactment of fair rules and regulations governing use of the nation's rivers, lakes, streams and ocean waters.

New Jersey proposes revision to waterway access rules

After considering numerous public comments, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Monday formally proposed amended “common-sense” rules to improve and enhance public access to New Jersey’s beaches, bays and waterways, DEP commissioner Bob Martin announced. In particular, the DEP proposed changes that provide greater public access for fishermen across the state, enhanced opportunities for…more

Dredging set to start on South Florida canal

Dredging begins next month on the Dania Cutoff Canal and that could mean more money coming into South Florida. After nearly 15 years of planning and permitting, the $6.5 million yearlong project will deepen the canal’s water to allow massive megayachts passage to inland shipyards. There they will undergo service jobs that could last weeks…more

Government funds aimed at Lake Erie improvements

Federal and state lawmakers recently announced $2 million in new federal resources to help protect Lake Erie. The funds will be used to help farmers in designated parts of Ohio, Michigan and Indiana prevent phosphorus from entering Western Lake Erie Basin waterways. The announcement is part of an effort to improve water quality and support…more

Plan calls for smaller hike in Maryland boater fees

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will propose amendments to House Bill 1307 to substantially reduce the proposed cost of registering a boat in Maryland, the department announced. The department introduced the legislation to address the state’s boating infrastructure needs. The original proposal would have replaced the flat $24 boat registration fee paid every two…more

New website promotes navigation safety

The National Safe Boating Council officially launched a new website this week to help the recreational boater become more aware of on-the-water navigation rules to enjoy a safer time on the water. takes a practical approach to boating by relating it to something boaters are already familiar with: the “rules of the road” when…more

Boat explosion causes injuries at yacht club

Five people were treated for injuries Monday after a boat exploded at the Port Orchard Yacht Club in Washington. A 55-year-old Seattle man had hired workers to help him lift the boat, which had sunk Sunday, Port Orchard police officer Jerry Jensen told the Kitsap Sun newspaper. When the boat owner plugged in a cord…more

Bill would raise boater fees in Maryland

Maryland boat owners could pay higher registration fees for the first time in nearly three decades, thanks to a bill filed last week that would replace the flat $24 boat registration fee paid every two years with fees ranging from $50 to $700, depending on the size of the boat. The increases would be phased…more

Kansas considers amendment to cut boat tax

A Kansas state Senate committee recently passed a resolution to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would allow changes to the state’s property tax on boats. It is a reform long sought by boating enthusiasts, who say Kansas watercraft taxes far outstrip those of neighboring states, the Topeka Capital-Journal newspaper reported. The Assessment…more

Great Lakes cleanup stays in federal budget bill

The 2012 federal budget bill provides $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to clean up clean up toxic pollution, restore wildlife habitat, stop invasive species and reduce polluted runoff from farms and cities, according to the Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition. The budget also includes $1.47 billion to help communities across the…more

Georgia marina lease up for grabs

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District announced that the lease for Little River Marina and Family Resort in Appling, Ga., on J. Strom Thurmond Lake will expire at midnight Dec. 27. All marina operations and facilities will close at that time. The marina lease will be advertised by competitive means in an effort…more

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