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Maryland Anglers with Boats

The U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing future "clean boating" requirements for all recreational boats in the next few months, and they need to hear from you. They are hosting "listening sessions" in Annapolis on two different Friday nights, March 18 and April 29. I'm writing to encourage you to attend one night.

Where: Doubletree Hotel, 210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, Maryland, 21401
(This is right off Route 50 with lots of free parking.)
When: March 18th, 7 pm
April 29th, 7 pm

I know it's a Friday night, and you probably have something better to do! But to date, these are the only live meetings EPA has planned in the entire country. We need you to show up and help EPA know that any new mandatory "best management practices" must be based in science, and should be both practical and realistic on actual boats.

A specific list of the proposed requirements is not yet available. We do know that sewage will not be discussed or covered - it's part of a different law. It appears that EPA is looking at several broad categories of vessel discharges (including the use of antifouling paints and zincs, grey water (from showers and sinks), bilge water (with concern about oil and grease, which is already illegal to discharge), the use of cleaning products, disposal of garbage and fishing waste, and the transport of invasive species.

For more info from EPA:

http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/lawsguidance/cwa/vessel/CBA/about.cfm

To see the notice from EPA about the meetings:

http://www.boatus.com/gov/pdf/March2011ListeningSessions.pdf

Please grab a friend and come to one of these meetings prepared to briefly share clean boating practices that you already employ, or that can be easily adopted within your boating. For ideas:

http://www.boatus.com/foundation/cleanwater/

We appreciate your consideration of this opportunity and the value of your time. We hope to see you at one of these sessions so that EPA hears from boaters and knows that boaters need any future requirements to be realistic.

David Kennedy
BoatU.S. Government Affairs
[email protected]
703-461-2878 x8363
BoatUS.com/Gov

PS. If you have boating friends in other parts of the country, share info about the weekly "webinars" being held in March and April hosted by EPA to solicit input:

http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/lawsguidance/cwa/vessel/CBA/participate.cfm

Concerned recreational boaters may also submit questions, comments or concerns directly to [email protected]
 
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