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change worth noting that might serve as a gloomy harbinger (but trust me this entire column isn’t all a downer). The next impact worth considering is the link that scientists have made between the influx of zebra and quagga mussels and the warming of waters, particularly in the Midwest. Everyone remembers the scenes from Hurricane Sandy in 2013. Did you know that storm caused $1.2 billion worth of damage to New Jersey’s $2 billion recreational-boating economy? With over 10,000 boats destroyed, the state and the boating advocacy efforts have used this crisis as an opportunity to grow boating. In particular in the last couple of weeks, the state legislature slashed sales tax on boats bought in New Jersey by 50 percent. That reduction was a pragmatic approach by their lawmakers to turn a crisis into an economic opportunity. As New Jersey state Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May), sponsor of the bill, said, “The production of boats and other vessels has declined in recent years due to a range of factors, including the economic recession and the impact of Superstorm Sandy.” While armed with this information for my visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, I also brought important updates on ethanol and the Land and Water Conservation Fund with me. Frankly, I had no idea what to expect of even if I would get a chance to speak. Who could be in attendance? Could I hit it off with the organizers and then get an invite to hang out with Michelle and Barack? As you can see, my imagination was running rampant. What played out was a crisply run meeting that allowed business leaders to get updated on the administration’s “Clean Power Plan” and for them to hear how we are addressing climate change. Given that frame and the understanding of how fleeting the moments to speak at these meetings can be, I raised my hand early on in the proceedings to get my money’s worth. I’m not exactly sure that Dan Utech, Deputy Assistant to President Obama for Energy and Climate Change, knew what would transpire when he called on me (as I sure didn’t). Anyhow, I hope I did you proud. I’m from the school that it’s always best to start with a thank you (hug ‘em) and then segue into the “slug ‘em” piece. With that mindset, my ditty went something like this: “I’m Peter Schrappen with the Northwest Marine Trade Association. We have more than 700 members and we represent the $4 billion recreational boating industry. We are also quite active with the National Marine Manufactures Association (NMMA), which serve as our Federal partners. “Thank you for the President’s support of the Land and Water Conservation Fund in a recent weekly

radio address. We would like to see this 50-year program reauthorized before Congress adjourns. I did want to bring up the catastrophe that we fear with the increased ethanol blends. There looks to be a move to increase the blend to E15. That would be devastating to our $121 billion national industry. I want to make that point to you and the President.” Like I said, he was caught off guard. He reminded me that EPA just released some new numbers and that he appreciated my point. That’s code for “um, you caught me flat-footed.” The next step is for me to conncect Mr. Utech with the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association. The day ended with a glass of wine (or two) with long-time boating champion Rep. Kilmer (Democrat – West Sound). He’s always gracious

with his time and always starts our conversations with “How can I be a better advocate for boating?” To that, I, again, did you proud reminding him of the importance of sportfishing, dredging, the Land and Water Conservation Fund and then “got all grumpy” on him with the update on ethanol. All in all, the day was one for the ages. Each day is different here and some will stand up to the test of time over others. On the flight home after this whirlwind 48-hour trip, I ran into some colleagues. They made the mistake of asking me what I was doing in DC. You can bet they heard an earful from my meeting at the White House. Funny, they must have been the two people who my mom had not yet reached out to with that news.

Peter Schrappen is the NMTA’s Government Affairs Director and the Clean Boating Foundation’s Executive Director. Additionally, he serves on boards of the Boating Safety Advisory Council, the Washington Boating Alliance and the U.S. Superyacht Association.

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