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Michigan trade group to co-host American Boating Congress

The Michigan Boating Industries Association has signed on to co-host the American Boating Congress this year.

The ABC is set for May 9-11 in Washington, D.C. MBIA board and staff members attend each year.

“ABC is a very effective event that brings the recreational boating industry together to highlight the importance of this multibillion [dollar] industry that is also a great American pastime,” MBIA executive director said Nicki Polan said in a statement.

“As a co-host, and with our mission as an association to protect and promote the industry, we have a responsibility to ensure legislators do what is best for boating with legislation that protects our businesses, waters and boaters for future generations. We encourage all industry professionals to attend,” Polan added.

Subjects that are top of mind for the MBIA this year include ensuring that boaters have access to ethanol-free fuel, protecting the Great Lakes from Asian carp and other invasive species, preventing algae blooms and preventing Ontario Power Generation from building a nuclear-waste depository along the shores of Lake Huron.

The MBIA said it also strongly supports the federal Water Resources Reform and Development Act because its funding is critical for dredging and infrastructure maintenance.

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