David Kennedy, Manager of BoatUS Government Affairs, is the new chairman of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association. (credit: Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore/BoatUS) Download hi-res photo
SPRINGFIELD, Va., Nov. 25, 2019 – BoatUS Manager of Government Affairs David Kennedy was elected chairman of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA) at the group’s recent annual meeting held in Savannah, Georgia. Founded in 1999, AIWA advocates for the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW), often referred to as “America’s Marine Highway 95,” helping to ensure its future as an integral part of the nation’s transportation system. Kennedy, who will serve a one-year term, previously served as the organization’s vice-chair and board secretary.
“Thousands of boaters rely on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway every year,” said Kennedy. “It plays an important role in the nation’s marine transportation system. Whether traveling its length as part of semiannual ‘snowbird’ migrations or simply enjoying local waters, boaters count on AIWW every day. Keeping the channel maintained to ensure safe, efficient navigation is a good investment for the East Coast, and for the nation as a whole.”
The waterway’s 1,091-mile-long channel has an authorized depth of 10 to 12 feet, but not all areas meet that standard. Over its 20-year history, AIWA has successfully worked to increase funding for critical dredging projects and address many other needs of this iconic American waterway.
Said AIWA Executive Director Brad Pickel: “Serving a multitude of users, the AIWW provides a safe route for recreational boaters, delivers jet fuel for the Marines and plays countless other roles in the transportation system. As AIWA Chair, David will be an important voice for the waterway in our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and a sounding board for issues directly affecting waterway stakeholders.”
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About Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS):
Celebrating more than 50 years, BoatUS is the nation’s largest organization of recreational boaters with more than a half-million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We are The Boat Owners Auto Club and help ensure a roadside trailer breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins. When boats break down on the water, TowBoatUS brings them safely back to the launch ramp or dock, 24/7. The BoatUS Marine Insurance Program offers policies that give boat owners affordable, specialized coverage and superior service they need. We help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit BoatUS.com.
About Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA):
The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA) is a national, non-profit organization founded in 1999 with the mission of securing funding and support for the maintenance of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW) – the Marine Highway I-95 that runs the length of the Atlantic seaboard and serves as a vital transportation artery along the East Coast. Through advocacy, education, outreach, and connecting stakeholders we have earned the reputation of being “The Voice of the Waterway.” We proudly represent all waterway stakeholders and are the only organization dedicated to ensuring the future of the AIWW. Our members hail from over 20 states and countries and include both commercial and recreational users, local governments and associations. Visit Atlanticintracoastal.org.