The Environmental Protection Agency is an independent agency of the U.S. government that coordinates programs that aim to reduce pollution and protect the environment.

Fishing network celebrates Earth Day

The World Fishing Network will celebrate Earth Day 2009 with a weeklong initiative designed to reinforce the three “R’s” of environmental stewardship — react, replenish and release. The on-air and online campaign will highlight the network’s best episodes and features on conservation and environmental practices. To reinforce the message, the WFN logo and all graphics…more

First Advantage Credco offers employee screening

First Advantage Credco is offering a new suite of pre- and post-employment screening solutions for dealers. This includes federal, state and county criminal searches, federal and state civil searches, motor vehicle records, employment and education verifications and more. “Our employee screening solutions are geared to give dealers a distinct hiring advantage in an increasingly competitive…more

NOAA creating protected areas in Southern U.S.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service plans to announce the final rule creating eight marine protected areas off four Southern states, according to the American Sportfishing Association. Although the rule will establish eight MPAs for the snapper/grouper fishery, the ruling itself does not ban sportfishing altogether. Bottom fishing in the designated…more

South Carolina renewing Clean Marina Program

The South Carolina Marine Association is working to revive the state’s Clean Marina Program, with three newly designated companies recognized at the organization’s annual meeting last week. “The program has stagnated for the last couple of years,” SCMA president Bob Pilcher said in a statement. “SCMA got together with the Department of Health and Environmental…more

BoatU.S. Access Awards honor community involvement

Water access is an important issue in the boating industry, and programs developed by recent award winners highlight some things being done around the country to improve access. The six 2008 BoatU.S. Recreational Boating Access Award winners are located in Florida, Ohio, Minnesota and North Carolina, and offer a range of innovative solutions for communities…more

BoatU.S. offers environmental grants

The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is offering grants up to $4,000 each for community groups to develop projects that address environmental problems on local waterways. “Groups have flexibility in deciding what needs to be addressed, whether it’s a pollution issue, preventing the spread of invasive species, or other environmental concern,” said…more

Florida Fish and Wildlife given boating award

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was recognized by the States Organization for Boating Access for its efforts to increase access in the Sunshine State. The FWC brought home the Boating Access Program Excellence Award for 2008 at the SOBA annual conference in Norfolk, Va. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended the FWC…more

Chesapeake Soda Clean to hold anti-fouling demonstration

Chesapeake Soda Clean is holding a one-day marine anti-fouling coating removal demonstration in Palm Beach, Fla. The event takes place Nov. 3. The company will prepare a 32-foot boat for soda blasting of the hull to remove failing bottom paint. The goal is to cover the boat in an environmentally friendly manner and soda-blast the…more

Ohio DNR gives $2.3 million in public-access grants

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft recently awarded more than $2.3 million in Cooperative Boating Access Facility Program grants to improve public access next year at 21 sites across the state. The grants range from a low of $27,000, for construction of a pathway for non-motorized boat access to the Hocking River…more

Green summit addresses environmental standards

Plans to define what makes a green marine construction project and to eventually establish specific criteria for certification are under way following the Green Marine Summit, held last weekend in Stuart, Fla. Organized by the Florida Marine Contractors Association, a non-profit corporation dedicated to improving marine construction, the summit was designed to bring together people…more

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