BoatUS supports working-waterfront legislation

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BoatUS is urging its members to ask their representatives in Congress to co-sponsor the recently introduced Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act of 2011.

“Boaters rely on such small businesses to provide critical access to the water and essential services for their vessels and families,” BoatUS assistant vice president of government affairs Ryck Lydecker said in a statement. “If Rep. [Chellie] Pingree’s bill passes, it would be an extremely positive step in preserving access, facilities and services for recreational boaters and anglers.”

The waterfront is an economic engine and job provider for many communities, and H.R. 3109 would help states develop tools to preserve sites for water-dependent commercial activities.

The bill is nearly identical to one that Pingree introduced in 2009.

Grants would allow coastal states and communities to support and protect places where boatyards, marinas and other service providers do business, as well as boatbuilders, commercial fishermen, fishing charter and tour boat operators and other water-dependent businesses.

The bill has 18 co-sponsors, but needs more, according to BoatUS.

Boaters can click here to review the bill and ask their members of Congress to co-sponsor it.