Wednesday, March 16, 2011

EPA Seeks Comments From Boaters

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment from boaters and other stakeholders to help develop proposed regulations, as required by the 2008 Clean Boating Act, to reduce water pollution and the spread of invasive species in the nation's rivers, lakes and other water bodies. As an alternative to permits required for commercial vessels, the act directs EPA to develop and promulgate management practices for recreational vessels. The important input received through this process will help guide the development of proposed regulations to mitigate adverse effects from recreational boat discharges, such as bilgewater, graywater and deck runoff, that may contain substances harmful to water quality or spread invasive species. Public listening sessions and webinars are available to those who would like to provide input (various dates between Mar 18-Apr 29, 2011)" quoted from Southern Maryland Online. To read the entire article, click here.
Invasive plant tangled in boats propellers, photo by Wilfredo Robles,
Mississippi State University,