BoatUS seeks Access Award nominations

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — BoatUS is seeking nominations for its fourth annual Recreational Boating Access Award, according to a release from the company. The award is designed to help spread the word about successful access initiatives.

Nominations are open from now until Oct. 1.

“Ultimately, boating access is a local issue and this award recognizes those advocates across the U.S. who are succeeding in reversing the trend towards declining waterway access,” BoatUS President Nancy Michelman said in the release. “We’ll share those success stories with others so that they may also learn how to preserve or improve boating access in their area.”

Judges will look at four criteria: 1) the challenges faced in retaining or increasing access in an area; 2) the direct impact or measurable results of the solution; 3) the level of success in increasing awareness of the importance of boating access to a community and; 4) “repeatability,” the ability to use the successful approach as a model for other areas.

Examples of solutions could include creative public/private partnerships, changes in land-use planning or permitting processes, tax incentives, legislation or public ballots, publicity or public education. Eligible activities must have been undertaken in the last three years.

Winners will be announced by Oct. 31.

For more information or a look at previous winners, go to

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