Interlux plans 2012 Waterfront Challenge contest

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Interlux announced that the Interlux Waterfront Challenge will return in 2012 and award a total of $50,000 in October to organizations that create sustainable waterfront environmental improvements in their communities.

Eight grants ranging from $4,500 to $20,000 will be awarded to groups in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

“We are pleased to be able to continue with the Waterfront Challenge in 2012,” Interlux North America marketing manager Elenor Ekman said in a statement. “Some outstanding waterfront improvement projects were recognized by our judging panel last year, and we look forward to supporting even more sustainable projects this year.”

A five-judge panel of marine industry leaders — with the help of boaters voting on Facebook for their favorite projects among the applications — will select seven regional winners to be awarded $4,500 each and a grand prize winner to be awarded $20,000. Applications will be accepted beginning March 1 and organizations have until Aug. 31 to apply. Awards will be announced in October at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Judges for the 2012 Waterfront Challenge are: Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association; Fred Daoust, general manager of Interlux North America; John Kelly, chairman of the American Coatings Association Antifouling Working Group and a member of the California State Lands Commission Fouling Technical Advisory Group; Dan Pingaro, chief executive of Sailors for the Sea; and Susan Shingledecker, director of environmental programs for the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water.

Applications, basic ground rules and other information about the Waterfront Challenge are available by visiting