MEEF and West Marine present $5,000 clean-water award

WASHINGTON – The Marine Environmental Education Foundation joined with marine retailer West Marine, Inc., to present the 2004 West Marine Clean Water Environmental Award to the Clinton River Watershed Council, MEEF said in a release yesterday.

The CWRC is a nonprofit environmental education organization based in Rochester, Mich. The award was presented during River Day 2004 festivities in Michigan’s Macomb and Oakland counties in June.

“MEEF is pleased to partner with West Marine in recognizing the valuable actions, programs and efforts of the Clinton River Watershed Council,” said David G. White, MEEF president.

River Day, organized annually by the CRWC, is designed to help watershed residents learn about and celebrate the Clinton River, its watershed and Lake St. Clair. The festivities this year drew about 1,500 people and included fishing derbies, guided walking tours, river cleanups and a clean boating celebration in Harrison Township.

The $5,000 award is presented annually to an individual or organization that makes outstanding progress in connecting clean water with clean boating.

According to West Marine’s Central Great Lakes District Manager Erick Levy, who presented the award, the CRWC is not only a provider of environmental awareness information, but also an active participant in creating positive environmental changes.

“Specifically they are showing boaters tangible everyday things that they can do and chemicals they can use that are environmentally friendly,” said Levy.

“The CRWC provides boaters with these answers through the creation of the Dockwalkers program, which consists of boaters who show other boaters techniques and cleaners that are environmentally friendly. They have also created a Dockwalker trainer program that will ensure that what they have put in place will continue into the future.”

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