American Boating Congress wraps up in Washington

WASHINGTON – More than 175 attendees from 26 states and Canada attended this week’s American Boating Congress, according to a release from organizers.

Members took to Capitol Hill for more than 100 visits to Members of Congress and their staffs to discuss policy issues facing recreational boating. Conference attendees also heard from a number of speakers, including Congressional Boating Caucus co-chairs Congresswoman Candice Miller (R-Mich.) and Congressman Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), plus Rear Admiral Kevin Cook from the U.S. Coast Guard and Greg Ip of The Economist.

Also at the conference, guests heard from representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, who gave an update on the Clean Boating Act and the agency’s development of boating management practices; and Maggie Lazarus from the Law Offices of John T. O’Rourke, and Dorothy Coleman, VP for Tax and Domestic Economic Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers, provided an overview of current and possible future legislative tax initiatives during this Congress and over the next two years.

Rich Kolb from Volvo Penta, Jeff Wasil from Bombardier Recreational Products and Mark Riechers from Mercury Marine received Environmental Leadership awards for their support of a landmark test project conducted last year on greenhouse gas emissions.

The following technicians on the project were also recognized with an Environmental Achievement Award for their efforts: Mel Cahoon, Bob Crocker, Dave Wilson and George Zoubul from Volvo Penta; Mike Reichenberger and Jeff Dudarenke from Mercury Marine; Bill Ziehm, Jerry Oliver and Tony LaVigna, Bombardier Recreational Products; and Thomas Wallner from Argonne National Labs.

Next year’s American Boating Congress is scheduled for April 23-24.

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