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GLIN==> Bluewater Network and National Park Service reach agreement over jet ski lawsuit



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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