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Hello Michigan -
Michigan & Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore are affected by this announcement.
-Rita.

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From: "List Manager" <glinpost@great-lakes.net>
To: <glin-announce@great-lakes.net>
Subject: GLIN==> Bluewater Network and National Park Service reach agreement over jet ski lawsuit
Date sent: Thu, 21 Dec 2000 11:06:43 -0500

For Immediate Release: December 20, 2000
Contact: Sean Smith: 415-788-3666, ext. 149
Russell Long: (415) 788-3666, ext. 110
Dan Vice: (202) 588-5206 , ext. 14

Settlement clears way for jet ski ban throughout entire park system by Fall of 2002

San Francisco, CA: Today, Bluewater Network, a national environmental organization, reached a settlement with the National Park Service (NPS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding personal watercraft (PWC) use in the National Park System. PWC, better known by the trade name jet ski, have been shown to cause significant damage to air and water quality, visitor enjoyment, public health and safety, natural quiet and wildlife. The settlement, which was worked out by Bluewater Network's lawyers at Meyer and Glitzenstein, is a major victory in Bluewater's campaign to prohibit PWC from the entire park system.

In March of this year, the NPS adopted regulations which banned PWC operation from approximately two-thirds of all national parks that permit motorboat activity, including parks such as Olympic, Yellowstone and the Everglades. However, the rule exempted 21 parks from this ban including Glen Canyon and Lake Mead National Recreation Areas and Cape Lookout National Seashore. In August, Bluewater Network filed suit claiming that the Park Service's jet ski regulations violated federal law which requires the NPS to leave park resources unimpaired for future generations.

As a result of today's settlement, these 21 parks will now be required to ban jet skis, unless they undertake a rulemaking process which must comply with environmental reviews as required by the National Environmental Policy Act as well as the Park Service's own legislative and administrative mandates. The settlement also provides the public an opportunity to comment on PWC use at any park that wants to authorize the craft. In the past, the public has consistently and overwhelmingly supported protecting the parks from jet ski damage. Jet ski operation may continue in these 21 parks while the NPS undergoes the rulemaking process, however the settlement stipulates that the entire process must be completed no later than the fall of 2002.

"We believe this settlement will expand the protection of park resources and wildlife from jet ski damage," said Sean Smith, Public Lands Director for Bluewater Network and a former park ranger. "The days of jet skis tearing through our national heritage are numbered."


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States affected by settlement: Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington

Parks affected by settlement:

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (AZ/UT)
Lake Mead National Recreation Area (AZ/NV)
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area (CA)
Curecanti National Recreation Area (CO)
Cumberland Island National Seashore (GA)
Gulf Island National Seashore (FL/MS)
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (IN)
Cape Cod National Seashore (MA)
Assateague Island National Seashore (MD/VA)
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (MI)
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area (MT)
Cape Lookout National Seashore (NC)
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (NJ/PA)
Fire Island National Seashore (NY)
Gateway National Recreation Area (NY)
Chickasaw National Recreation Area (OK)
Amistad National Recreation Area (TX)
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area (TX)
Padre Island National Seashore (TX)
Big Ticket National Preserve (TX)
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area (WA)

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Bluewater is a national environmental organization aggressively
confronting the root causes of climate change and fighting
environmental damage from the shipping, oil, and motorized recreation
industries.

Bluewater Network
300 Broadway, Suite 28
San Francisco, CA 94133
www.bluewaternetwork.org


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