Friday, October 14, 2011

Paddlesports - Public Policy

ACA Chief Operating Officer - Chris Stec
The ACA is proud to announce that Chief Operating Officer Chris Stec has been appointed by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to serve on the National Boating Safety and Advisory Council (NBSAC).

NBSAC provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary, Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) through the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard on matters relating to recreational boating safety. Such matters include all new regulations and standards issued under Title 46 United States Code. Subtitle II. Part I. Chapter 131, and Title 46 United States Code, Subtitle II. Part B. Chapter 43. NBSAC is responsible for specific assignments and may conduct studies, inquiries,
workshops and fact finding in consultation with individuals and groups in the private sector and/or with state and local government jurisdictions.

This is a significant step for paddlesports to be represented at this level of our federal government.

"The ACA is honored to be able to represent canoeists, kayakers, rafters and stand up paddleboarders. Having a 'seat at the table', is an important part of informing regulators about the needs and best interests of the paddlesports community." - Chris Stec

One part of the ACA's education mission is to provide information to both the paddling community and various government entities who have a role in either regulating or providing access to waterways. To this end, the paddling community now has a direct, online tool to convey your local or regional public policy issues, as well as provide input and suggestions on paddlesports related issues.

For more information about this paddlesports public policy tool, please click here.

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