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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.

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

NOAA introduces speed rule to protect right whales

The National Ocean & Atmospheric Administration issued a new regulation that, for the first time, will require large ships to reduce speeds in order to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. “The ship strike rule, based on science, is a major addition to NOAA’s arsenal of protections for this endangered species,” said Navy Vice Adm. Conrad…more

MRAA wins BOR rule revision

The Bureau of Reclamation reissued a proposed rule to support boating and fishing as an authorized usage of BOR bodies of water. The BOR originally proposed a rule that would have eliminated recreational use of its properties and returned BOR to the three basic mandates of flood control, freshwater supply and hydropower. However, after listening…more

BoatU.S. awards clean-water honor to Cornell co-op

The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has presented the Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, N.Y., its 2007 Clean Water Grant Excellence Award. The foundation also announced more than $50,000 in new grants to 19 groups for its 2008 Clean Water Grant program. The Cornell Cooperative Extension will receive an additional…more

San Francisco sailor wins BoatU.S. honor

Russ Robinson, a longtime San Francisco Bay sailor, won the BoatU.S. Foundation Environmental Leadership Award for 2008. The award, along with a $1,000 prize, is given annually to a volunteer group, government organization, company or individual in recognition of efforts to protect the marine environment and promote clean boating. Robinson has served on many government…more

BoatU.S. seeks award nominees

BoatU.S. is seeking nominees for its Recreational Boating Access Award. The Recreational Boating Access Award honors an individual, group, government body, business or non-profit organization that has succeeded in preserving or improving waterway access. Examples of solutions include public/private partnerships, changes in land use planning or permitting processes, tax incentives, legislation or public ballots, publicity…more

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