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Enviro-Mich message
03/15/2002

Protecting Great Lakes National Parks from Personal Watercraft

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Calls are encouraged to Representative Kildee and others this week to fend off a back door attempt by the jet-ski/personal watercraft industry to prevent sound management of jet ski usage at our national parks. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the Upper Peninsula is one of the directly affected parks. Thank you very much for calls supporting safe, quiet, and natural national parks.

Rep. Dale Kildee (MI-09) Washington DC (202) 225-3611

Next Wednesday, March 20th, your Representative will be asked to vote on a bill that could effectively undermine protections for our National Parks from damage caused by widespread and inappropriate jet ski use. We have an opportunity to defeat this move at the full Resource Committee level next Wednesday, but only if your Representative votes against H.R. 3853, a bill that has language to delay protection for National Parks by allowing jet ski use to continue for more than two years.

Won't you please take 3 minutes to call in a message to your Representative?

YOUR QUICK PHONE CALL CAN HELP US WIN THIS ONE

Anyone who has ever witnessed jet-skis racing across a lake or shoreline can tell you how noisy and disruptive they are. They also are big polluters, dumping up to 30 percent of their gas/oil mixture into the water. They don't belong in our National Parks.

Please take just three minutes to call your Representative and leave a message. We've provided talking points and phone numbers below.

PHONE CALL TALKING POINTS

Hello, my name is _____________ and I'm calling from (hometown)____________

I understand that Representative ______________ will be asked to vote soon in Resources Committee on a H.R. 3853. There will be language in this bill to undermine the Park Service's ability to protect the Parks from the damage caused by jet skis, as well as the agency's established public processes, environmental reviews, and the United States judicial system.

Please ask Representative _________ to OPPOSE language that delays protection of these National Park units by extending court-ordered deadlines for personal watercraft regulations.

The National Park Service has concluded that jet skis damage natural resources, threaten wildlife, disturb tranquility, and jeopardize public safety in many units of the National Park System. Thank you for your time. Goodbye.

BACKGROUND The personal watercraft industry has found a backdoor scheme to allow unfettered jet ski use in 21 National Park units for two more years. Representative George Radanovich (R-CA) has introduced a "technical corrections bill" (H.R. 3853), usually designed to amend spelling or grammatical errors in bill language, and he has inserted legislative language that would delay the National Park Service efforts to protect public safety, natural resources, and wildlife. This bill will be marked-up Wednesday, March 20 in the House Resources Committee.

On March 2000, the National Park Service issued a final regulation that prohibited dangerous and highly-polluting jet skis from most national parks except 21. Last year, a court settlement in Bluewater v. Stanton mandated that if these 21 park units intended to allow jet ski use to continue each individual park must produce a jet ski-specific regulation allowing such use. In writing this regulation, the Park Service must look at natural resource and wildlife impacts, as well as visitor safety. In 11 units, the Park Service has nearly 18 months to complete the reviews while in the remaining 10, they have more that two years to complete the studies. If the agency does not issue rules on a unit-by-unit basis by the court ordered deadlines, park waters will be closed to jet skis until their work is complete. This insured that jet skis are only allowed if the Park Service can prove that jet skis are not damaging park resources and disrupting other park visitors.

These deadlines were clearly established nearly two years ago. The jet ski industry and their congressional allies want to needlessly delay protection for these parks until the end of 2004.

Please call your Representative and tell the receptionist that you OPPOSE language in the technical corrections bill that will delay protection for National Parks from jet ski abuse.

Each committee member is listed below. Please call your Congressperson:

Rep. .J. (Billy) Tauzin, (LA-03) Washington DC (202) 225-4031

Rep. Jim Saxton (NJ-03) Washington DC (202) 225-4765

Rep. Elton Gallegly (CA-23) Washington DC (202) 225-5811

Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (TN-02) Washington DC (202) 225-5435

Rep. Joel Hefley (CO-05) Washington DC (202) 225-4422

Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest (MD-01) Washington DC (202) 225-5311

Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-43) Washington DC (202) 225-1986

Rep. Scott McInnis (CO-03) Washington DC (202) 225-4761

Rep. Richard Pombo (CA-11) Washington DC (202) 225-1947

Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX-13) Washington DC (202) 225-3706

Rep. Chris Cannon (UT-03) Washington DC (202) 225-7751

Rep. John E. Peterson (PA-05) Washington DC (202) 225-5121

Rep. Bob Schaffer (CO-04) Washington DC (202) 225-4676

Rep. Jim Gibbons (NV-02) Washington DC (202) 225-6155

Rep. Mark E. Souder (IN-04) Washington DC (202) 225-4436

Rep. Greg Walden (OR-02) Washington DC (202) 225-6730

Rep. Michael K. Simpson (ID-02) Washington DC (202) 225-5531

Rep. Thomas G. Tancredo (CO-06) Washington DC (202) 225-7882

Rep. J.D. Hayworth (AZ-06) Washington (202) 225-2190

Rep. C.L. (Butch) Otter (ID-01) Washington DC (202) 225-6611

Rep. Tom Osborne (NE-03) Washington DC (202) 225-6435

Rep. Jeff Flake (AZ-01) Washington DC (202) 225-2635

Rep. Nick Joe Rahall (WV-03) Washington DC (202) 225-3452

Rep. George Miller (CA-07) Washington DC (202) 225-2095

Rep. Edward J. Markey (MA-07) Washington DC (202) 225-2836

Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) Washington DC (202) 225-6416

Rep. Eni F.H. Faleomavaega (American Samoa Delegate) Washington DC (202) 225-8577

Rep. Neil Abercrombie (HI-01) Washington DC (202) 225-2726

Rep. Dale Kildee (MI-09) Washington DC (202) 225-3611

Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz (TX-27) Washington DC (202) 225-7742

Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) Washington DC (202) 225-4671

Rep. Calvin M. Dooley (CA-20) Washington DC (202) 225-3341

Rep. Robert A. Underwood (Guam Delegate) Washington DC (202) 225-1188

Rep. Adam Smith (WA-09) Washington DC (202) 225-8901

Rep. Donna M. Christensen, M.D. (Virgin Islands Delegate) Washington DC (202) 225-1790

Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03) Washington DC (202) 225-5506

Rep. Jay Inslee (WA-01) Washington DC (202) 225-6311

Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-34) Washington DC (202) 225-5256

Rep. Tom Udall (NM-03) Washington DC (202) 225-6190

Rep. Mark Udall (CO-02) Washington DC (202) 225-2161

Rep. James P. McGovern (MA-03) Washington DC (202) 225-6101

Rep. Anibal Acevedo-Vila (Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner) Washington DC (202) 225-2615

Rep. Hilda L. Solis (CA-31) Washington DC (202) 225-5464

Rep. Brad Carson (OK-02) Washington DC (202) 225-2701

Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-04) Washington DC (202) 225-6631

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