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FYI — March 2001
By Brad Dunn
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Garden State of Mind
As President Bush scrambled to fill jobs in his administration a few months ago, New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman’s record of cleaning up the Garden State floated her right to the top of candidates for Director of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Not only did Bush handpick her for the job, but also he elevated the position from a regular agency head to a cabinet-level post, a move that will give Whitman more power to exert EPA influences on national and local legislation than her predecessors.

But it’s Whitman’s love of all things water that could ultimately spell changes in policy that would ripple through the boating and fishing industries.

“I have never underestimated the importance of environmental protection, just as I have never overestimated the ease of achieving it,” Whitman said when she accepted the post.

As governor, the Republican said she had to take care of 127 miles of her state’s beaches. She was also chairwoman of the Pews Ocean Commission, an independent, national commission exploring ways to protect ocean water and marine life, according to the Associated Press.

And though at presstime she had not outlined possible EPA policies that would affect boating, she has participated in various water-quality programs related to the ocean and lakes. In fact, Whitman has already inherited an EPA plan for cleaning up the Hudson River. To reduce toxic PCBs from General Electric’s manufacturing facilities in Hudson Falls and Fort Edward, New York, the agency has launched a massive five-year clean-up effort that calls for the dredging of a 40-mile stretch of river. During that time, many popular areas will likely be closed to boaters.

Though Whitman’s impact on boating as EPA head remains to be seen, her marine affinities will no doubt reveal themselves as she draws up her environmental to-do list, a list that could lead to cleaner waters and—who knows?—maybe even stricter boating regulations.

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ON SHELVES: FUN AFLOAT!
Your bookshelves at home are probably lined with books on cruising, your helm station packed with chart books and maintenance guides. But do you have a single title that covers boating with your kids? Fun Afloat! Cool Activities for Families that Boat shows you how to pump up your children’s excitement while they’re out on the water. The 170-page book packs dozens of family games with hundreds of educational activities that help kids of all ages learn about boating. Whether they create their own navigational chart, seaweed art, or a basic hydrometer, your kids will be busy expanding their marine horizons. The book also comes with several blank pages, so children can maintain their own trip log. $19.95, waterproof cover. Fortworks Publishing.

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This article originally appeared in the May 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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