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It’s been said before, but I’ll say it again, the boating industry needs to speak out loudly against permitting regulations being proposed for recreational boaters.

This week, the Environmental Protection Agency published the Clean Water Act proposal in the Federal Register. The proposal would impose new, complex requirements on recreational boaters to follow specific practices in operating their boats and managing their everyday, overboard water discharges.

Failure to do so would result in penalties of tens of thousands of dollars.

The proposed Clean Boating Act of 2008 would remove recreational boating from the permitting requirement, and the bill has passed committees in both the House and Senate. However, it needs to be scheduled for a vote before the full chambers.

And it must be done before Sept. 30.

Anyone who can, should go to public meetings being hosted by the EPA and the U.S Coast Guard and let them know how detrimental this regulation would be to the industry.

Next week, meetings are set for Tuesday in Portland, Ore. and Thursday in Chicago. Future meetings include a Webcast on July 2 and a meeting July 21 in Washington, D.C.

You can also visit www.BoatBlue.org and find out more about how to contact your legislators and let them know this bill must be brought to a vote immediately.

Do it now – the future of the industry is at stake.

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