How will the Clean Vessel Act affect you?

A court ruling on the Clean Water Act poses a serious threat to recreational boating.

A recent court ruling about pollution being dumped from commercial ship ballas water will also require all recreational boats to get permits by September, 2008—despite the fact that 99% of recreational boats do not have ballast tanks.

We all know that boats and ships are different, and shouldn’t be treated the same. These permits were originally intended for commercial ships that have brought harmful invasive water species into U.S. waters but do the the court ruling are being developed to levy a tax on your boat’s engine cooling water, bilge water and deck runoff. This tax will seriously impact boating participation by requiring you to pay an annual $800 permit unless Congress acts quickly.

Learn the facts on how this could affect you and get involved to help get this fixed.  Below are some links we have found that have good information on this act.

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

http://www.americanboating.org/clean-stop-epa-discharge.asp

http://capwiz.com/boatblue/issues/alert/?alertid=10152911