|Join the Great Lakes Boating Federation|
The Great Lakes Boating Federation is the one place boaters can have their say. All 4.3 million boaters on the Great Lakes have a voice with the Great Lakes Boating Federation. A lot is going on with the lakes as views of the world and the future change.
Grants are being awarded to clean up decades’ old disaster areas from pollution; Asian carp are approaching Lake Michigan; commercial shipping vessels from overseas are spreading invasive species and polluting the air. Viral hemorrhagic septicemai (VHS), a serious fi sh disease, is in all the Great Lakes now; studies are being conducted on the water levels of the lakes and water flows between them; dredging funds have been reduced; and wind farms on the Great Lakes are becoming a reality.
These are just a few of the issues facing boaters on the Great Lakes today. How can you keep up with the changing information and shift ing tides? How will you make sure your precious waters are protected, so that you can continue enjoying your favorite pastime? How can you, just one little voice, have your concerns heard? The Great Lakes Boating Federation is your answer.
We speak for the more than 4.3 million boaters in the Great Lakes region. Strengthen your voice by joining us. We have already accomplished much, including the following:
• Challenged the International Joint Commission over its refusal to appoint a boat owner to the Public Interest Advisory Group to voice concerns over lake levels on the Upper Great Lakes;
• Played a critical role in causing the U.S. Coast Guard to decide to close proposed live fire zones on the Great Lakes;
• Participated in the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Initiative, establishing recreational boating on the Great Lakes as a stakeholder equal to all others;
• Worked with other stakeholders to establish recreational boating’s far-reaching economic impact and role in sustainable development for efforts including the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration;
• Worked to improve dredging, maintenance of navigational aids and breakwaters, marina upkeep and boat ramp access at shallow recreational boat harbors;
• Fought to preserve native fi sh populations and to prevent invasive aquatic species from spreading into the Great Lakes;
• Lobbied more than 33 national senators and representatives for the reauthorization of NOAA’s Coastal Zone Management Act to gain more boating access;
• Joined the fight, with an amicus brief, to keep recreational boats exempt from potentially ruinous ballast water regulations;
• Challenged the Great Lakes Commission about the use of funds it received from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide an accurate report of the economic impact of recreational boating on the Great Lakes;
• Single-handedly took on the fight to keep Chicago-area locks open for recreational boating when multiple Great Lakes states, and the province of Ontario, Canada, alleged that Asian carp were poised to invade the Great Lakes. Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin and Ontario filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court seeking to permanently seal the locks. The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to get involved, which is a win for recreational boating in the southern Great Lakes, especially in Lake Michigan.
The Great Lakes Boating Federation is the organization here to make sure boaters are heard; to make sure boaters get what they deserve.
Become a member today, and help support one of your favorite pastimes. We are the only group that will defend your rights as a boater. Visit www.greatlakesboatingfederation.com for more information about our organization. There is no one else on the lookout for you.