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Water Resources Development Act the Focus of Today's Congressional Boating Caucus Meeting

Recreational Boating and Fishing Industries to Hold Briefing Today on Capitol Hill

The Water Resource Development Act is on the agenda today at a gathering of the Congressional Boating Caucus on Capitol Hill.
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WASHINGTON, DC, September 15, 2016 – For the recreational boater, waterway access, safe navigation, and clean waters are essential. Today on Capitol Hill recreational boating and fishing industries will hold a Congressional Boating Caucus briefing and panel discussion on the need for Congress to reauthorize the Water Resource Development Act (WRDA). The legislation provides funding for US Army Corps of Engineers ecosystem restoration such as the Everglades, fisheries improvements, flood protection efforts, and projects that support waterway access.

With yesterday’s passage in the Senate, the bipartisan bill has strong support and leaders are confident WRDA has enough votes to pass the House of Representatives.

The Congressional Boating Caucus is an informal bipartisan group of US Senators and Representatives formed in 1989 to advocate for the interests of the recreational boating industry. Today’s panelists include Jim Sartucci of law firm K&L Gates and retired US Coast Guard and former Senate Commerce Committee staff member; Kellie Ralston of the American Sportfishing Association and Keep Florida Fishing; and James Erskine of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission.

The briefing is co-hosted by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), Marine Retailers Association of America (MRAA), American Sportfishing Association (ASA), Center for Coastal Conservation (CCC), Coastal Conservation Association of Florida, and Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.

“Today’s briefing is very timely as the Senate is in the midst of floor deliberations on the WRDA legislation," said NMMA Vice President of Federal and Legal Affairs Nicole Vasilaros. “We will be looking at the bill’s impact on existing and future water quality projects to ensure public access to our nation’s waterways as well as the ongoing Everglades restoration.”

As the boat owners advocate, BoatUS Government Affairs Senior Program Manager David Kennedy says the WRDA bill affects thousands of recreational boaters. “Without WRDA’s critical funding, America’s recreational boaters could find some waterways too shallow or dangerous to safely navigate or small harbors potentially off limits if funding for dredging is not addressed.”

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