MRAA wins BOR rule revision

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The Bureau of Reclamation reissued a proposed rule to support boating and fishing as an authorized usage of BOR bodies of water.

The BOR originally proposed a rule that would have eliminated recreational use of its properties and returned BOR to the three basic mandates of flood control, freshwater supply and hydropower.

However, after listening to opposition from the Marine Retailers Association of America and other boating interests, the bureau rewrote the rule. MRAA says the revised rule would allow existing docks on private-residence property, moorings and marina-managed docks to remain.

“The only concern MRAA has expressed in our comments to BOR is that the new rule does not allow for expansion of current facilities to meet expected increases in demand for boat docks and moorings,” MRAA president Phil Keeter said in a statement. “With the need for recreational usage growing and the usage of BOR water bodies increasing by boaters and anglers, MRAA finds it very disappointing that the BOR is setting a strategic direction to restrict growth on its facilities.”

Click here for the rule as published in the Federal Register.

In other news, the Advisory Council of Marine Associations will hold its annual meeting Nov. 17, during the MRAA’s annual convention at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

This year’s agenda year includes a discussion of the election results and the potential impact on boating, the changing face of boating and what can/should be done, and such legislative issues as Wallop-Breaux reauthorization, the Clean Boating Act passage, the EPA rule on copper-based bottom paints, the effect of fuel prices and ethanol on boating, water access and marine technical training.

The ACMA meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and all MRAA conference attendees are welcome. There is a small registration fee to cover the cost of lunch and the room. Contact the MRAA at (708) 763-9210.

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