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Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 16:34:46 -0700
From: "Julie C. Metty" <muccpolicy@mucc.org>
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Organization: Mich. United Conservation Clubs
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**************************Action Alert*******************************

                    Public Comments Needed On 
                Personal Watercraft Usage Regulations


  A narrow window of opportunity now exists to influence policies that
govern PWCs. Please attend one of two remaining field hearings: July 31
or August 4.


In response to the numerous complaints from property owners, anglers,
and other boaters regarding the noise, speed, and recklessness of
personal watercraft, a legislative subgroup has been formed to address
the problem. The Personal Watercraft (PWC) Subgroup of the Committee on
Conservation, Environment, and Recreation, chaired by Rep. Callahan
(D-St. Clair Shores), will be holding public field hearings to collect
public input on PWCs, such as Jet Skis. In 1995 PWCs comprised 5% of
boat owners, but were involved in 50% of the accidents. Nationally, they
account for 30%-40% of all accidents.

This is an excellent opportunity to voice your opinion
on the proper rules that should govern PWCs. Please attend one of the
following hearings and use the following points to ask for stricter
regulations on PWC usage. 

Talking Points:
- Mandatory training and education on PWC operation, waterway travel,
boating rules, etc.
- Make owner responsible for PWC.
- Prohibit operation on lakes less than 100 acres in size.
- Restrict speeds to slow, no-wake when operating within 100 feet from
shore.
- Limit hours of use.

Also contact your legislators and tell them the same.

OR SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:

The Honorable ___________
State Senator/Representative
State Capitol
Lansing, MI 48909



               THE HOUSE PERSONAL WATERCRAFT SUBGROUP

                      REP. WILLIAM CALLAHAN, CHAIR

            PUBLIC HEARINGS ON PERSONAL WATERCRAFT

 Thursday, July 31, 1997
                                     Trenton City Hall
                                     2800 Third Street
                                     313-675-6500
                                     4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
 Monday, August 4, 1997
                                     Fenton Township Hall
                                     Bowles Road at Lake Fenton
                                     810-629-1537
                                     4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
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United States with a membership of more than 120,000 individual members
and 470 affiliated clubs, is devoted to the protection and enhancement
of Michigan's natural resources through education and the promotion of
quality outdoor recreation.  Please visit us on the Internet at
http://www.mucc.org



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