Dear BoatUS Member,

We need your help now to pass NEW federal legislation in the Senate that would provide a permanent exemption for recreational boats from the upcoming EPA discharge permit requirement. Remember that if we don't get legislation passed, we all need to get EPA permits to operate our boats effective 9/30/08!

We appreciate the time that many of you have already taken to let your Senators or Representatives know your support of S. 2067 or HR 2550 “The Recreational Boating Act of 2007.” Now there is a new Senate Bill #2766 “The Clean Boating Act of 2008”, which is more politically viable, and our best chance to eliminate the permit requirement before it comes in effect on September 30, 2008.

Please pick up the phone or email today and ask your Senators to sponsor and vote YES for S 2766. Although Congress is on recess this week and next, we need their staff to hear from us so that this bill can move as soon as the Senators are back in Washington.

Remember to contact both of your Senators:
(Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas)

State Phone Email
Senator Richard Shelby (R) (202) 224-5744 Visit
Senator Jeff Sessions (R) (202) 224-4124 Visit
Senator Thad Cochran (R) (202) 224-5054 Visit
Senator Roger Wicker (R) (202) 224- 6253 Visit
North Carolina
Senator Elizabeth Dole (R) (202) 224-6342 Visit
Senator Richard Burr (R) (202) 224-3154 Visit
South Carolina
Senator Jim Demint (R) (202) 224-6121 Visit
Senator Lindsay Graham (R) (202) 224-5972 Visit
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R) (202) 224-5922 Visit
Senator John Cornyn (R) (202) 224-2934 Visit

For more information:

What's the timing?
Why a new bill?
What are the differences in the bills?
What does S 2766 include?
View a copy of the bill
Speaking points
To contact your Senators electronically

Thanks for your ongoing help with this issue.

Margaret Podlich
Vice President, Government Affairs
703-461-2878 x8355

A big thank you to BoatUS for keeping us all up to date.