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NMMA Partners with OPEI on
“Look Before You Pump” etha-
nol education campaign
Just today, NMMA and OPEI announced
a new partnership surrounding OPEI's
"Look Before You Pump" ethanol
education campaign. NMMA is now
distributing 'Look Before You Pump'
messaging and materials to our member-
ship and other stakeholders. Created by
the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute
(OPEI), an international trade asso-
ciation representing 100 small-
engine, utility-vehicle and outdoor-
power-equipment manufacturers
and suppliers, the 'Look Before You
Pump' campaign helps consumers
protect their boat, other non-road
vehicles, c outdoor power and small
engine equipment investments.
Known by its emblematic
prominent, red warning hand
symbol indicating 'OK' for 10 per-
cent ethanol and 'No' for mid-level
ethanol blends (such as E15, E30,
E85), the 'Look Before You Pump'
campaign is spreading nationwide
as ethanol blended fuels containing more
than 10 percent ethanol are made avail-
able in the marketplace for automobiles.
New, "Look Before You Pump" materials
just for boat owners, manufacturers, deal-
ers and other industry representative have
been developed and are available for
Simply visit the link,
create a free username and password, and
click on the section for "marine equip-
ment versions" of all materials. Then,
help NMMA and OPEI spread the word
about the dangers of ethanol and help
others understand how to prevent serious
damage to boat engines and stay safe on
the water.
OPEI and NMMA urge consumers to
read their equipment operating manual
before filling engines with gasoline en-
sure they use the right fuel. For more
information, visit
search for
on Twitter
and Facebook. For more updates, follow
NMMA on Twitter using
Source: NMMA
President Signs Legislation Im-
portant to Recreational Boaters
“Highway Bill for Boaters”
WASHINGTON, DC, June 11, 2014 –
Acknowledging that recreational boating
is a significant contributor to the nation’s
economy as well as a growth engine for
local communities, President Obama
signed bipartisan legislation earlier this
week that recognizes that the Federal
government needs to do more to help
small harbors, address longstanding
dredging issues, and improve boating and
navigation infrastructure. Boat Owners
Association of The United States
(BoatUS) applauds the passing of the
2013 Water Resources Reform and
Development Act (WRRDA) and thanks
the bill’s sponsors, Congressmen Bill
Shuster (R-PA) and Nick Rahall, III (D-
WV) and Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
and David Vitter (R-LA), and the
President. BoatUS was an active advocate
for WRRDA and will be working on its
“Maintenance dredging for small harbors
and shallow-draft channels has been
chronically underfunded,” said BoatUS
Government Affairs Senior Program
Coordinator David Kennedy. “In addition,
funding for infrastructure such as jetties
and some inland navigation locks has
been significantly curtailed. The 2013
WRRDA Act directs the US Army Corps
of Engineers to consider factors beyond
total tonnage shipped in making dredging
funding decisions, requires that not less
than 10% of the value of operation and
maintenance funds be
directed to ‘Emerging
Harbors’ or those that
have less than one
million tons of cargo shipped annually,
and directs the Army Corps to report to
Congress on the maintenance needs of the
Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.”
Also, WRRDA for the first time treats the
Great Lakes as one single comprehensive
navigation system, potentially allowing
funding for dredging of smaller harbors.
In addition, the US Army Corps is
directed to study potential new
revenue sources for the Inland
Waterways Trust Fund – and are
required to consult recreational
users, among other stakeholders.
Added Kennedy, “From small West
Coast ports to Great Lakes harbors
of refuge, inland locks, and the
Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway,
boat owners depend on federal
waterway infrastructure projects to
keep them safe and provide author-
ized waterways deep enough for us
to navigate. With 12 million
registered boats in the US and over
80 million persons participating in boat-
ing, we also need to remember that boat-
ing generates $121 billion in US
economic activity and over 950,000 jobs.”
BoatUS News
June 11, 2014
NOAA Predicts Near-Normal or
Below-Normal Atlantic Hurri-
cane Season
In its 2014 Atlantic hurricane season out-
look issued today, NOM’s Climate
Prediction Center is forecasting a near-
normal or below-normal season.
The main driver of this year’s outlook is
the anticipated development of El Nino
this summer. El Nino causes stronger
wind shear, which reduces the number
and intensity of tropical storms and hurri-
canes. El Nino can
also strengthen the
trade winds and increase the
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“With 12 million registered
boats in the US and over 80
million persons participat-
ing in boating, we also need
to remember that boating
generates $121 billion in US
economic activity and over
950,000 jobs.”
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