Thursday, June 26, 2008

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Dave Henderson: Flow of Delaware River sparking plenty of debate
Ithaca Journal - Ithaca,NY,USA
The Ithaca Sail and Power Squadron will conduct a basic boating class 8 am to 4 pm on Saturday, June 28 at the Ithaca Yacht Club. The class affords personal ...
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Boating Calendar
Annapolis Capital - Annapolis,MD,USA
ANNAPOLIS SAFETY COURSE: Annapolis Sail and Power Squadron will offer the Maryland Basic Boating Course in three sessions on Aug. ...
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USA. New port TowBoatU.S. opens on East Lake Pontchartrain
BYM News (press release) - Gibraltar,Spain
... and a former oil and gas industry engineer, Tupper is past chairman of the local chapter of Ducks Unlimited and a member of the local US Power Squadron. ...
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Young Mariners program turns 10
The Stamford Times - Norwalk,CT,USA
... and its presented with the help of organizations like the American Red Cross, Landfall Navigation, the Stamford Power Squadron, the Norwalk Aquarium, ...
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Foundation Awards Grants To 9 Groups
Tampa Tribune - Tampa,FL,USA
This round included nine organizations: the Apollo Beach Sail & Power Squadron; Youth Environmental Services, aka YES; the International Independent ...
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Treasure Coast Outdoors Calendar for June 27, 2008
TCPalm - West Palm Beach,FL,USA
Friday: Port St. Lucie Power Squadron July 4 raft-up to view the fireworks in downtown Stuart. All local boaters welcome. Gather at 6 pm Friday in St. Lucie ...
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Four Vancouver teens rescued from plywood boat
Seattle Times - United States
In this area, boat- safety classes are offered by groups including the United States Power Squadron, which has classes beginning July 8 in the Washougal and ...
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Cardboard boat races promise serious competition
Anderson Independent Mail (subscription) - Anderson,SC,USA
"We just got word from the Hartwell Power Squadron, a group of power boaters on Lake Hartwell, who said they would be coming to participate in the ...
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Google Blogs Alert for: "power squadron"

[Madlabnewsletter] What's A Sweetheart Like You
By madlabnews(madlabnews)
7:15 Columbus Power Squadron 8:15 Poophouse Reilly 9:15 Woosley Band Inside Stage 6:00 The Doggers 7:00 Alpha Racetrack 8:00 Sinister Jim 9:00 The Handshake 10:00 Bookmobile 11:00 Black Owls 12:00 Paper Airplane ...
MadLabNews - http://madlabnews.livejournal.com/

Block Women for Change?
By Rose
Update: The Patapsco River Power Squadron thought of this idea first. They are having a "Politics, Women and Tea: The Perfect Blend" fundraising summit in Riviera Beach, Maryland. If I knew where that was I might crash.
A Baltimore Block - http://abaltimoreblock.wordpress.com

Smugmug
By nwaoyhjrc589(nwaoyhjrc589)
Smugmug Video usps Youngsters enjoy the waters of Palomino Island, PR at the San Juan Power Squadron Change of Flag 2008. Youngsters enjoy the waters of Palomino Island, PR at the San Juan Power Squadron Change. usps Palomino Island ...
Smugmug - http://smugmug2.blogspot.com/

Youngsters enjoy the waters of Palomino Island, PR at the San Juan ...
By nobody@smugmug.com (usps)
Youngsters enjoy the waters of Palomino Island, PR at the San Juan Power Squadron Change of Flag 2008. Youngsters enjoy the waters of Palomino Island, PR at the San Juan Power Squadron Change.
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Catch-22
By officerincivvies
The basic plot is about a USAF bombardier and a number of airmen from the Fighting 256th (two to the fighting eighth power) Squadron during the last part of World War 2 in Italy. Events are often told from different perspectives which ...
Officer in Civvies - http://officerincivvies.wordpress.com


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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

NMMA press release:EPA Releases Permit Proposal, Threatening Freedom of Nation's Recreational Boaters

 

WASHINGTON, DC, June 17, 2008 – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the Clean Water Act proposal in the Federal Register that will impose new requirements on recreational boaters to learn about and follow specific practices mandated by the federal government to operate their boats and manage their everyday, overboard water discharges. Mandated by a court order in 2006 that focused exclusively on commercial vessel ballast water, the proposal includes two draft permits that are an unprecedented, new regulation on American recreational boaters, demonstrating the urgent need to pass the Clean Boating Act of 2008 (S. 2766 and H. R. 5949) as these new regulations will take effect on October 1, 2008.  

Along with the Federal Register notice, EPA also released two draft permits, fact sheets and multiple additional supplementary documents, all of which add up to a confusing mess for boaters.

EPA’s Clean Water Act proposal unnecessarily creates a cumbersome, complex and confusing permitting scheme for recreational boaters, throwing them into a regulatory regime designed for land-based industrial facilities like sewer treatment plants. As a result, America’s 18 million recreational boat owners will be required to observe a multitude of new rules and practices, yet they won’t be provided clear information as to how to comply with these new federal requirements by EPA, exposing them to a high degree of regulatory uncertainty, compliance issues and legal jeopardy involving citizen lawsuits and $32,500 per violation per day penalties.  

The EPA proposal also allows individual states to implement their own boating permits, creating the potential for mass confusion with a patchwork of differing state-by-state laws for boaters.

Equally problematic is that recreational boats above a certain length will be categorized as commercial ships and will be required to follow a different and more complex set of permit rules applicable to commercial vessels. There are two proposed general EPA permits: One for boats under 79 feet, and another for recreational boats 80 feet and above. This second permit, which also encompasses commercial ships, is even more complicated and makes an arbitrary and unreasonable distinction among recreational boats based on footage in order to classify them as commercial boats.

“Now more than ever, it is critical that we unite—as an industry and as boating enthusiasts—and compel Congress to pass the Clean Boating Act of 2008,” said Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). “Boaters everywhere must reach out to their state and local representatives and ask that they support this key piece of legislation.”

NMMA and BoatU.S., along with a broad coalition of partners, are leading the charge to prevent this unnecessary new regulation on America’s boaters.  

“Congress must pass the Clean Boating Act before it’s too late and the federal government steps in to regulate how average Americans enjoy a day on the water,” said Scott Gudes, vice president of NMMA Government Relations. “These new regulations are the poster child for excessive regulation, and we’re calling on the boating industry and America’s boaters who cherish their time on the water to act today and get commonsense legislative relief passed in the form of the Clean Boating Act.”

“We only have until September 30, 2008 to accomplish this goal; time is running out for Congress to do the right thing,” Gudes continued. 

For the new regulations affecting 18 million boat owners nationwide, EPA will hold a total of four public meetings during the workday—in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Portland—to hear from boaters and the boating industry on this new regulation. NMMA strongly encourages people who care about boating to attend these meetings and share their views on why they should not be exposed to the requirements and legal jeopardy this new permit program will entail. For specific dates and locations of these meetings, please visit BoatBlue.org.

The boating industry and recreational boaters who want to take action to prevent this new regulatory proposal from becoming law should visit BoatBlue.org and take just a few minutes to send a message to their Representatives and Senators, urging them to support recreational boating and pass the Clean Boating Act of 2008.

For more information about the Clean Boating Act of 2008, visit BoatBlue.org or contact Mathew Dunn at (202) 737-9760; mdunn@nmma.org.

About the Clean Boating Act of 2008: The Clean Boating Act of 2008 would fully and permanently restore a long-standing regulation that excludes recreational boaters and anglers from the federal and state permitting requirements under the Clean Water Act designed for land-based industrial facilities and ocean-going commercial ships. The exemption was overturned by a federal court in 2006 in a case focused exclusively on ballast water from commercial vessels. The Clean Boating Act of 2008 has the support of the $36 billion recreational marine industry, the nation’s 59 million adult recreational boaters and more than 50 organizations involved in outdoor recreation, sportfishing, hunting and conservation.

About NMMA: National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters in the United States. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy, market research and data, product quality assurance and marketing communications.

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CONTACT:       Lindsey Johnson (ljohnson@nmma.org; 312-946-6204)

EPA DISCHARGE PERMIT FOR RECREATIONAL VESSELS

On March 30, 2005, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (in Northwest Environmental Advocates et al. v. EPA) ruled that the EPA regulation excluding discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel from NPDES permitting exceeded the Agency’s authority under the CWA. On September 18, 2006, the Court issued an order revoking this regulation (40 C.F.R. 122.3(a)) as of September 30, 2008. (The federal government has appealed this decision.) In response to this Court order, EPA has developed two proposed permits to regulate discharges from vessels. These proposed permits are now available for public comment.

While the original focus of the court case (noted above) was on invasive species that can travel in the ballast water of large ships, the Court’s decision is not limited to vessels with ballast water tanks. EPA estimates that 91,000 domestically flagged commercial vessels approximately 13 million recreational boats that operate in U.S. waters could be affected by these permits. Additionally, approximately 8,000 foreign flagged vessels may be affected by this permit.

EPA has posted public meetings and additional information about the upcoming discharge permit for vessels.  The below listed website address is the link to the permitting procedures, etc. 

 

http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/home.cfm?program_id=350

 

 

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

USPS News SPAM'ed

This morning, USPS News was the recipient of a series of objectionable SPAM. It has been removed.

Friday, June 06, 2008

U.S. Coast Guard Infoline/Hotline Discontinued

U.S. Coast Guard Infoline/Hotline 800-Number -- No Longer in Service

 

As many of you may recall, the U. S. Coast Guard Infoline (a toll-free phone number formerly referred to as the Boating Safety Hotline) was discontinued October 1, 2006 due to budget shortfalls.  At that time, the Coast Guard requested our partner organizations to remove the 800 number from active websites and customer assistance phone services, and to discontinue the use of the number in all printed material. 

 

It has recently come to the Coast Guard's attention that the CG Infoline 800 number (800-368-5647) has been privately reactivated and now leads to a secondary 800 number that is unrelated to boating safety when dialed.  All Coast Guard field units have been directed to obliterate this number from all forms and publications where it appears.  All replacement stock of these forms and publications no longer carry the CG Infoline number.

 

Due to the fact that the boating public is still continuing to attempt to reach us at this number, we are asking for your assistance in ensuring that your membership is aware that the Coast Guard Infoline/Hotline is no longer in use and to discontinue the placement of the number in all publications and services.  It is further requested that, where possible, you obliterate this number from any existing stock of materials in order to prevent any misdirection or confusion for the recreational boating public. 

 

Your cooperation and assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated, and thank you for all you do to make recreational boating safer for our boating public.