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Non-profit Takes Aim at Access

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Families for Boating, a non-profit comprising community groups that work to preserve water access, is looking to head off regulations that may limit boating and on-water activities.

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With people taking to boating in record numbers during the pandemic, some waterfront residents have raised concerns about increased demand for access, which have led to restrictions and other regulatory threats.

“The organization aims to resolve these concerns by encouraging a climate of mutual respect and providing education to communities,” Matt Radich, president of Active Water Sports, said in a statement. “Creating Families for Boating in Oregon has helped unite our local boating community and increase boater education.”

A community gathers to engage in a Families for Boating conversation.

A community gathers to engage in a Families for Boating conversation.

Families for Boating engages communities in conversations while focusing on factual data, scientific research, jurisdictional regulations, environmental preservation and economic concerns.

The organization seeks to “foster an enjoyable experience for those partaking on the water” while ensuring the “relaxing atmosphere that communities near the water relish,” said Chris Mitton of the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

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“Problems can be resolved when there is an understanding that the waterways can be shared and protected by all,” Radich said.

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