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BoatU.S. seeks award nominees

BoatU.S. is seeking nominees for its Recreational Boating Access Award. The Recreational Boating Access Award honors an individual, group, government body, business or non-profit organization that has succeeded in preserving or improving waterway access. Examples of solutions include public/private partnerships, changes in land use planning or permitting processes, tax incentives, legislation or public ballots, publicity…more

Genmar joins Green Tier program in Wisconsin

Genmar Yacht Group LLC of Pulaski, Wis., became the newest participant in the state’s Department of Natural Resources’ Green Tier program. Formerly known as Carver Boat Corp., Genmar Yacht Group manufactures Carver and Marquis luxury yachts. Genmar Yacht Group has already made strides in environmental excellence, reducing VOC emissions, implementing a facility-wide waste minimization program,…more

Florida contractors group hosting “green” summit

The Florida Marine Contractors Association is hosting a Green Marine Summit Oct. 10-11 at the Marriott Hutchinson Island in Stuart, Fla. The workshop is designed for marinas, marine contractors, boatyards, waterfront businesses and others. Topics include funding green marine construction, building green in government-owned waters, and green marina development. The cost is $150 per person.…more

Grant helps N.C. preserve public access

North Carolina officials recently made their first purchase from the state’s Waterfront Access and Marine Industry Fund, a $20 million fund approved last year by the state’s general assembly. State legislators approved the WAMI fund as a way to pay for acquiring waterfront properties or developing facilities to provide, or improve, waterfront access for the…more

Rule would create overtime exemption

The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a proposed rule to revise out-of-date statutes under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) and the Portal-to-Portal Act of 1947, the Marine Retailers Association of America said in a “Dealer Alert” it issued this week. The FLSA requires employers to pay non-exempt employees a federal minimum…more


President Bush signs 2008 Clean Boating Act into law

President Bush last night signed into law The Clean Boating Act of 2008, protecting more than 17 million recreational boats throughout the U.S. from unprecedented federal regulations. The signing took place on Air Force One as the President was en route from Ohio to Washington, D.C. Both houses of Congress passed the Clean Boating Act…more

BoatU.S. to recognize successes in waterway access

Nominations are being accepted for the second annual BoatU.S. Recreational Boating Access Award. The award recognizes those who have succeeded in preserving or improving public waterway access. Waterfront development, regulatory red tape, poor planning and restrictive covenants are just some of the factors contributing to the decline of waterway access for recreational boats, according to…more

EPA, Mercury Marine reach settlement on violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with Mercury Marine on clean-air violations at the company’s secondary aluminum production plant in Fond du Lac, Wis. The agreement, which includes a $25,000 penalty, resolves EPA concerns that the engine maker violated a May 2005 consent order, requiring it to operate its equipment in compliance…more

Deadline looms for BoatU.S. environmental nominations

The deadline is approaching for nominations for BoatU.S. Foundation’s Environmental Leadership Award, which recognizes a group, organization, company, marina or individual who has made a significant contribution toward advancing clean boating and educating boaters on minimizing their environmental impact. The deadline for nominations is June 30. The award includes $1,000 for the continued support of…more


EPA compliance – do it yourself?

Businesses are split on whether it’s easier to meet EPA regulations with an in-house guru or an outside environmental  consultant A few years ago, Jim Hardin added federal environmental regulations to his job description. “There’s a lot of paperwork involved,” said the compliance manager in charge of health and safety for Grady-White, but “if you have…more

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