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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.

Groups threaten lawsuit over Plum Island sale

Two environmental groups say they intend to sue two federal agencies under the Endangered Species Act for pursuing the public sale of federally owned Plum Island in Long Island Sound.

Florida boaters flood Coast Guard with comments on bridge openings

The Coast Guard gathered around 3,000 comments in hearings in November about the navigation needs of mariners at three railroad drawbridges that run over the New River in Fort Lauderdale, the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter and the St. Lucie River in Stuart, according to Barry Dragon, chief of bridge administration for the Seventh Coast Guard…more

Utility companies pull out of Cape Wind project

Two utility companies terminated their contracts to buy most of the power generated by the proposed Cape Wind wind farm in Nantucket Sound in the latest development in the $2.5 billion project.

Grant will help fund boating tourism study

A portion of $471,000 that the federal government awarded to Michigan Sea Grant will help Great Lakes coastal communities capitalize on growth in recreational boating.

Connecticut lawmakers seek stiffer boating-license rules

A delegation of Connecticut legislators, prompted by the tubing death of a high school honors student last summer, wants to make getting a boating certificate in the state more in line with obtaining a driver’s license.

South Florida marine businesses and pleasure boaters are vehemently opposed to a passenger train expansion that would keep rail bridges such as this one on the New River closed - and impassable - much more often.

A train wreck on the water?

Opposition to All Aboard Florida continues to mount after the release of a draft environmental impact statement that critics say is deeply flawed in its assessment of the threat 32 high-speed passenger trains a day would pose to safe navigation and marine businesses upriver of three railroad drawbridges which — when closed for a train…more

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