Boating access award entries due Oct. 1

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The deadline for entries to the fourth annual BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award is Oct. 1. Individuals, local grassroots groups, marine businesses, and local/state governments are encouraged to submit projects for consideration before that time, according to a release from BoatUS.

“With boaters in some parts of the country continuing to have a hard time gaining access to the water, the nation’s largest boat owners group, BoatUS, wants to honor model waterway access projects,” the group said in the release. “By sharing tactics, information and strategies, the fourth annual BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award is designed to help spread the word about these successful initiatives — and hopefully increase access for boaters and anglers in your hometown.”

Judges will look at four criteria: The challenges faced in retaining or increasing access in an area; the direct impact or measurable results of the solution; the level of success in increasing awareness of the importance of boating access to a community; and “repeatability,” the ability to use the successful approach as a model for other areas. Winners will be announced by Oct. 31.

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.

Examples of previous winners are available here: BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award.

“We need to share the stories about who has succeeded in preserving or improving public waterway access, and how they did it,” BoatUS President Nancy Michelman said in the release.

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