Got this today

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Weatherby, May 2, 2008.

  1. Thank you for your recent correspondence in regard to the Clean Boating Act of 2008 (S. 2766).

    I have heard from thousands of Ohioans about S.2766, and am pleased to be a cosponsor. This legislation fixes an unintended consequence of the court’s Clean Water Act revisions, but also strikes a needed balance in developing best management practices to stop the future spread of invasive species.

    We should be proud of the abundance of outdoor and recreational activities Ohio has to offer. The boating industry is tremendously important to our state and we must ensure that boaters and anglers are able to enjoy our state’s numerous lakes and rivers.

    I will push for quick passage of this bill and appreciate your advocacy on the issue. Thanks again for writing.

    Sherrod Brown
  2. ParmaBass

    ParmaBass Kiss The Converse

    I got the exact same letter today also.

    And my boy Sherrod sent me this one last week...

    Thank you for writing me regarding the recent exemption made to an EPA regulation on the Clean Water Act regarding recreational boating.

    The Clean Water Act was originally enacted in 1948, but was significantly revised in 1972. Part of the bill, which set out to improve water quality, required permits for ships known for heavy polluting, such as cruise ships, container ships, and supertankers. While the legislation affected all aquatic vessels, the EPA exempted small recreational boats. However, the U.S. Court of Appeals recently determined that the EPA was acting beyond its scope with the exemption, and required the creation of a new permit system by September 2008.

    We should be proud of the abundance of outdoor and recreational activities Ohio has to offer. Our state is home to the country’s eighth largest group of registered watercraft users, and the boating industry contributes $5.4 million in watercraft registration fees, $15.6 million in marine fuel taxes annually, and has an estimated overall impact of $2 billion dollars a year on Ohio's economy. Implementation of a new permit system has the potential to deter prospective recreational boat buyers and could also be harmful to the industry not only in Ohio, but across the United States as well.

    I will continue to monitor this issue in the months ahead and will keep your thoughts in mind as legislation regarding this issue moves before the Senate.

    Sherrod Brown