Clean Boating Act Signed into Law
In what has been called a “remarkable display of bipartisan support for recreational boating,” the House and Senate passed the Clean Boating Act of 2008 on July 22 and President Bush signed the bill roughly a week later.
The act, which permanently restores an exemption for recreational boats from the permitting requirements of the Clean Water Act, will enable recreational boaters to avoid the potential maintenance, procedures and potential lawsuits originally aimed at industrial polluters.
“This is a fabulous victory for common sense,” said BoatU.S. President Nancy Michelman, “and it just goes to show what can be done when the boating public, the marine industry and its representatives in Congress row together in a bipartisan way.”
PWC Simulator Among BoatU.S. Grant Winners
The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water recently awarded nearly $50,000 to 19 separate groups across the United States for its 2008 Boating Safety Grant program, including one award for the construction of a PWC simulator used to promote safe PWC operation and life jacket wear.
The award, given to the Colorado River Foundation of Austin, Texas, will help finance the construction of the simulator that will be used at local events.
Since 1988, the foundation has awarded more than three quarters of a million dollars in boating safety grants to fund projects that promote responsible boating at the local level. Funds are derived from the voluntary contributions of the 650,000 members of Boat Owners Association of The United States, (BoatU.S.). psb