Wednesday, July 30, 2008

President Bush Signs Clean Boating Act into Law

NMMA applauds important relief measure for recreational boating

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 30, 2008—In a significant victory for the recreational marine industry and the American boating and angling public, President Bush late yesterday signed into law S. 2766, the Clean Boating Act of 2008, protecting the more than 17 million recreational boats throughout the U.S. from unprecedented and unnecessary federal regulations.  Congress passed the Clean Boating Act on July 22, 2008.

 

“The recreational marine industry and boaters throughout the U.S. can now rest easy and go boating without a federal or state permit, heavy penalties and absurd legal jeopardy,” said Scott Gudes, NMMA vice president of Government Relations.  “We applaud President Bush and Congress for their bipartisan efforts to reverse the unintended and potentially devastating consequences of an overbroad federal court decision.”    

 

Introduced by Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Representatives Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) and Candice Miller (R-Mich.), the Clean Boating Act permanently and fully restores a commonsense regulation that excludes recreational boaters and anglers from the Clean Water Act federal and state permitting system designed for land-based industrial facilities, like sewage treatment plants. Without legislative relief, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was set to implement new permitting regulations for boaters by October 1, 2008.

 

“This is welcome news for all recreational marine manufacturers across the country,” said Thom Dammrich, NMMA president. “NMMA raised the alarm on this misguided court decision nearly two years ago, and we are thrilled that Congress and the President have prevented the bureaucratic nightmare that was set to become law.”       

 

“NMMA thanks all of its partners in the Boat Blue Coalition, including BoatU.S.,” added Gudes.  “Passage of this legislation is a testament to what is possible when our community joins forces and speaks with one voice before key decision-makers.” 

 

Editor Note:  An image of the bill signing can be found at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/07/images/20080729-7_p072908cg-0457-515h.html

 

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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Monday, July 28, 2008

Richard Peoples is Volunteer of the Year


Jr. Achievement of East Central Florida has named Richard Peoples Volunteer of the Year for “presenting an outstanding number of Junior Achievement Programs, Inspiring and educating 178 students at Indialantic, Gemini, and Roosevelt Elementary so that they may value free enterprise, business, and economics in their everyday lives.”

In addition, Dick received the Jefferson Awards Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Community Service from Gemini Elementary. These honors came as a result of Dick teaching first, second, fourth, and sixth graders at three elementary schools. This is an effort worthy of kudos and acclimation which would make anyone proud. But, that’s only half the story. Dick is the Assistant National Treasurer and Budget Director for the United States Power Squadrons. He has been volunteering his time and energy for thirty one years and still finds time to pitch in and help educate our youth.

Well done Richard! USPS is proud of you.

Junior Achievement Inc. is a not-for-profit organization financed by businesses, foundations, and individuals. The purpose of Junior Achievement is to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business, and economics to improve the quality of their lives. Since its founding in 1919, Junior Achievement has contributed to the business and economics education of young people in the United States and throughout the world.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

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Despite gas prices, boat enthusiasts still fill up on fun
Dallas Morning News - Dallas,TX,USA
Find boating safety information at booths manned by the US Power Squadron, the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Texas Parks and Wildlife.
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Summer Series: Boating/Water Safety - Jul 27,2008
We'll talk to Brooks Riley, former commander of the Dundalk Sail and Power Squadron in Dundalk, MD, about safety issues concerning boating and other water-based activities. Call in with your questions and comments (646) 716-8609.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Congress Restores 35-Year Exemption For Recreational Boats

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

   GREAT NEWS!!!   Congress yesterday passed S. 2766, the Clean Boating Act of 2008, which exempts recreational boats from proposed EPA permitting requirements.  Please read below for more details.

   We're not completely out of the woods - or "out of the water" might be more appropriate.  The legislation still requires the President's signature

   We thank Boat/U.S. NMMA and many other recreational boating organizations who joined forces in support of this bill.  We also thank the USPS members who wrote to their congressmen to voice their concerns.

 

On to the next challenge, Bill

 

R/C William E. Husted, SN
Chairman
Govt./Partner Relations Committee
United States Power Squadrons

 

"Boating is fun...we'll show you how!"



CONGRESS RESTORES 35-YEAR EXEMPTION FOR RECREATIONAL BOATS
FROM PROPOSED EPA PERMITTING REQUIREMENTS

NO NEW PERMIT FOR BOATS REQUIRED

ALEXANDRIA, VA, July 22, 2008 - In a remarkable display of bipartisan support for recreational boating, both the House and Senate today passed S. 2766, "The Clean Boating Act of 2008" which will permanently restore a long-standing exemption for recreational boats from permitting requirements under the Clean Water Act. The legislation now goes to the White House for the President's signature.

Congressional action was spawned by a U.S. District Court decision in September 2006 under which an estimated 17 million recreational boats would have fallen under Clean Water Act permit requirements effective September 30, 2008. The permit would have dictated maintenance and operation procedures and potentially subjected boaters to citizen lawsuits as well as a penalty system designed for industrial polluters.

"This is a fabulous victory for common sense 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," said BoatU.S. President Nancy Michelman.

BoatU.S. Government Affairs Director Margaret Podlich was quick to shower praise on a boatload of legislators who did much of the heavy lifting including Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representatives Jim Oberstar (D-MN), Steve LaTourette (R-OH), Candice Miller (R-MI) and Gene Taylor (D-MS). A complete listing of all legislators involved will be available at http://www.BoatUS.com/gov soon.

BoatU.S. has worked for more than a year with the National Marine Manufacturers Association and a broad coalition of stakeholders to resolve the problem before the permitting deadline.

"One of the real keys to success here was our collective ability to activate the grassroots," said Podlich, noting that tens of thousands of letters and e-mails were generated by boaters and anglers over the course of the past 12 months.

BoatU.S. is the nation's leading advocate for recreational boat owners with over 650,000 members.

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NEWS From BoatU.S.
Boat Owners Association of The United States
880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304
BoatU.S. News Room at http://www.BoatUS.com/news/releases.asp

Recreational Boating Industry Hails Congressional Passage of Clean Boating Act

 

Bill prevents imminent, unprecedented EPA regulations on boaters and protects water resources

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 22, 2008—Yesterday, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) hailed the passage of H.R. 5949/S. 2766, the Clean Boating Act of 2008, in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Passage of this legislation, which has been the top legislative priority for NMMA during the 110th Congress, will permanently and fully restore a longstanding, commonsense 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.

 

Introduced by Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) in the Senate and by Representatives Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) and Candice Miller (R-Mich.) in the House, the Clean Boating Act of 2008 will prevent federal and state permitting of water-based, non-polluting incidental discharges that occur in the normal operation of a recreational boat, such as weather deck run-off and engine coolant water.

 

“The Senate and House have acted swiftly, and we appreciate the bipartisan nature of their action to protect the recreational marine industry, the American boating public and our natural resources. This is an historic victory for our 1,700 members and for boaters across the nation who just love being out on the water unencumbered by unnecessary government red tape and significant legal jeopardy,” said Scott Gudes, NMMA vice president of government relations.  “Congress has acted decisively to keep boating fun, safe and simple.”   

 

This new regulation, set to become law on October 1, 2008 if Congress had not acted, was the result of an overbroad federal court decision in a case focused on commercial ship ballast water. The unintended consequence of the decision would have meant that recreational boaters and other vessel operators would be required to follow a multitude of new rules and regulations and been exposed to fines (up to $32,500 per day, per violation) and citizen lawsuits.    

 

“Both the House and Senate have sent a positive message to the nation’s 73 million boaters through the passage of these critical pieces of legislation” noted NMMA president, Thom Dammrich. “After a long road on Capitol Hill, the bill is now ready for the President’s signature into law. We encourage the President to act fast in signing this bill to stave off unprecedented and unnecessary new regulations on America’s boaters and anglers.”

 

Passage of the Clean Boating Act, a genuine bipartisan, good-government bill, was made possible by a large number of committed legislators on both sides of the political aisle. NMMA extends its special thanks to Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Mel Martinez (R-Fla.), Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and all of the 39 cosponsors of the bill in the Senate. In the House, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee James Oberstar (D-Minn.), Ranking Member John Mica (R-Fla.), Representatives Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio), Candice Miller (R-Mich.), Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) and all the many cosponsors of the bill are to be thanked and congratulated for their hard work and skillful leadership.

 

At the same time it passed the Clean Boating Act, Congress also passed H.R. 6556/S. 3278, legislation to provide a moratorium on permitting for commercial vessel discharges until the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completes a review of certain incidental discharges. This legislation was the product of extensive negotiations between Senators Murkowski, Boxer, Nelson and Murray as well as Representatives Oberstar, Taylor and others. NMMA congratulates these Members of Congress on achieving this consensus measure to provide relief for commercial craft.  

 

NMMA and BoatU.S., along with more than 60 partners in the Boat Blue Coalition, led the charge to attain passage of the Clean Boating Act of 2008.  

 

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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Christine Pomorski

Public Relations Manager

National Marine Manufacturers Association

202-737-9774 office

202-841-3038 cell

cpomorski@nmma.org

 

Monday, July 21, 2008

Get clicking!

We’ve extended the deadline for the 2008 USPS photo contest, and we need YOUR submissions! Have an eye for photography and a creative flair? E-mail your original digital photographs for judging in any of our four categories—My Pride and Joy, On the Water, Safety is Fun, and Squadron Scenes—at usps.smugmug.com.

 

The future of this contest is dependent on your participation! Scour your computers, photo albums and squadron newsletters (be sure to get permission from the photographer) and submit today!

 

Check out usps.smugmug.com for official rules.

 

Thursday, July 17, 2008

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Guardians of our water
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Local Happenings
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The Lackawanna Sail and Power Squadron will teach Boat Smart, a safe boating course approved by the State of New Jersey, at the Montville Township Public ...
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Coast Calendar
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America?s Boating Course will be offered in Gig Harbor
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Friday, July 04, 2008

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Boat Smart program begins Aug. 4
Tampa Bay Newspapers - Seminole,FL,USA
Classes will be at the Clearwater Sail and Power Squadron building at 1000 Cleveland St. Instruction is free. Students pay $40 for the course manual and ...
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Boat parade planned for Friday
Benton County Daily Record - Bentonville,AR,USA
Boat owners are invited to decorate their boats and parade with the Beaver Lake Sail and Power Squadron at 11 am Friday. Boats will form up just east of ...
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Sports Shorts 7-4-08
Barnstable Patriot - Barnstable,MA,USA
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Thursday, July 03, 2008

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Fourth will feature boats on parade
Weekly Vista - Bella Vista,AR,USA
... are invited to celebrate the Fourth of July by decorating their boats, tooting their horns and parading with the Beaver Lake Sail and Power Squadron. ...
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Metro Briefing
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The Mobile Sail and Power Squadron of the US Power Squadron will teach an eight-hour basic boating course July 8, 10 and 12 at the homeport, 2070 Faye St. ...
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Safe boating course to be offered
Charleston Post Courier - Charleston,SC,USA
Addressing this issue, the Charleston United States Power Squadron offers a boating course 6:30-8:30 pm each Tuesday for all boaters at 1376 Orange Grove ...
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Life jackets, safety classes made convenient for boaters
The Tennessean - Nashville,TN,USA
Boat-education classes are offered by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, the US Power Squadron and the TWRA. State law requires every operator born after Jan. ...
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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

DRAFT EPA PERMIT OPENS PANDORA'S BOX

NEWS From BoatU.S.
Boat Owners Association of The United States
880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304
BoatU.S. News Room at http://www.BoatUS.com/news/releases.asp

 

Citizen Lawsuits and Uncertain State Requirements Loom

ALEXANDRIA, VA, July 1, 2008 - In response to a federal court order, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a draft permit for millions of recreational vessels for "normal operational discharges" that could open a Pandora's box of compliance problems and unfairly subject recreational boaters - including those who own canoes and kayaks - to potential nuisance lawsuits.

The EPA draft puts boaters and anglers squarely under new Clean Water Act regulations that go into effect September 30, 2008. The permit requires boaters to comply with a set of worrisome national requirements as well as additional state requirements "to be determined." Penalties carry up to a $32,500 daily fine for each violation.

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) is urging all boaters and anglers to contact their federal lawmakers to bring corrective legislation to the Senate and House floor for a full vote as soon as possible. The Clean Boating Act of 2008 - S. 2766 in the Senate and H.R. 5949 in the House of Representatives - would restore the federal exemption for recreational vessels for "normal operational discharges" that has been in existence for the past 35 years until the federal courts recently determined otherwise.

"Boaters want clean waters and want to do their fair share, but the draft EPA permit unfairly burdens them with needless regulation," said BoatUS. Vice President of Government Affairs Margaret Podlich. "The federal courts required EPA to draft a permitting regime that puts individual boaters under the same penalty system as corporate industries even though discharges from a rowing dinghy or motor boat are quite different than those from a large commercial ship with ballast water," said Podlich.

The draft permit would allow the EPA, the U.S. Coast Guard, a state authority or some private contractor to inspect a boat and take discharge samples. If requested, a boater would be required to provide such government officials with information to determine permit compliance.

"What may appear quite simple on the surface will be anything but in reality," said Podlich. "What happens if a neighbor - who perhaps may not appreciate boats - decides that you use too much biodegradable soap to wash your boat, witnesses an accidentally spilled orange juice draining out of the scuppers, or sees you wipe algae off the scum line? Under the present draft permit guidelines, all of these instances may be deemed a violation of the Clean Water Act," added Podlich. "Even topping off a fuel tank, which is recommended for winter storage of today's ethanol-laden gasoline, could be considered a violation," she added.

Also included in the draft EPA permit is the onerous requirement that every state must approve the federal permit before this September 30. Each state may add on its own regulations, potentially creating multiple requirements for boaters cruising between states. After the initial permit this fall, the EPA will then outline for the states how they can implement their own permit systems, which could result in additional state modifications of the permit requirements as well as fees for boaters.

To contact your federal legislators, learn more about the Clean Boating Act of 2008, or to make comments on the draft EPA permit by August 1 go to http://www.BoatBlue.org or http://www.BoatUS.com/gov

BoatU.S. is the nation's leading advocate for recreational boaters with over 650,000 members. The Association has been working with the National Marine Manufacturers Association and other groups to seek a viable solution to the proposed EPA draft permitting system.

Fine Art in Ship's Store


Did you know that you can purchase fine art at the USPS Ship’s Store? Renowned marine artist Don Demers was commissioned to produce commemorative paintings for the 85th and 90th Anniversary of USPS. Limited edition prints were made from these paintings and are now available in the USPS Ship’s Store.













Drills & Maneuvers with vessels of the U.S. Navy depicts a scene in 1915 when Power Squadron members’ vessels participated in drills and maneuvers with units of the U.S. Navy.










The Great Rescue of 1912 depicts a scene during a Boston Yacht Club cruise. A terrible storm developed, and Roger Upton’s 20 powerboat division boats rescued 40 windjammers. The story appeared in the magazines of the period and led to the formation of power squadrons in additional yacht clubs.

All prints include a certificate of authenticity and a story of the event; both are suitable for framing and available in USPS Ship's Store.