BoatU.S. awards Clean Water, Boating Safety grants

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The BoatU.S. Foundation has awarded its 2009 Clean Water and Boating Safety grants to 19 local non-profit groups, according to a release this week from the group.

Combined, nearly $50,000 was awarded to develop creative projects that address environmental problems on local waterways and promote safe boating.

Over the past 20 years, BoatU.S. has awarded over $1.1 million to local boating and environmental organizations. This year’s Clean Water Grant projects covered a range of environmental topics, while the Boating Safety Grants focused on efforts aimed at reducing alcohol-related fatalities.

According to BoatU.S., the 2009 grantees are:

Clean Water

CT: Norwich Power Squadron, Norwich: To produce and distribute a brochure on the importance of keeping plastic out of waterways and a reusable cloth bag containing messaging on marine debris.

DC: Anacostia Riverkeeper, Washington: To create and distribute a brochure to educate boaters on marine debris and ways to reduce it in the Anacostia River watershed.

FL: Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful, Tampa: To produce mini monofilament recycling bins and educational material that will be distributed to local boaters.

MD: Assateague Coastal Trust, Berlin: To create a brochure that provides practical information on environmentally-friendly boat cleaning practices and how to prevent the spread of invasive species and to create a rack card that will educate boaters on proper waste pump-out practices and pumpout locations in the area.

ME: Lakes Environmental Association, Bridgton: To create brochures and other educational materials on invasive species to be used during on-the-water educational tours.

MI: Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Petoskey: To produce a “Boater Bundles” that will include brochures on various clean boating and invasive species topics.

MI: Western Upper Peninsula Cooperative Weed and Pest Management Area, Crystal Falls: To produce billboards to educate boaters on invasive species.

MN: Wildlife Forever, Brooklyn Center: To create billboards to educate boaters on invasive species.

PA: Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation Inc., Lake Ariel: To produce signage and flyers to educate boaters on invasive species.

TX: Seadrift Sail and Yacht Club, Port Lavaca: To create mini monofilament recycling bins that will be distributed to local boaters.

Boating Safety

FL: St. Lucie River Power Squadron, Hope Sound: To produce tide charts that contain information on alcohol and boating.

GA: Black Boaters Club of America, Inc., Riverdale: To produce a radio and video public service announcement on boating safety topics including alcohol and boating.

KY: Friends of Barren River Lake, Glasgow: To create signage promoting the use of proper lighting during nighttime boating, and to create signage to raise awareness regarding alcohol and boating.

ME: YES! Program, Portland: To create a TV program and public service announcement on the dangers of alcohol and boating.

MO: SEMO Regional Water Safety Council, Inc., Wappapello: To produce a whistle keychain with light and compass that contains safety messaging regarding alcohol and boating.

NC: Kinston Sail and Power Squadron, Kinston: To produce chart brochures and signs for the Neuse River.

NY: Going Coastal, Inc., New York: To create a “Boat Sober NYC” campaign to educate boaters on alcohol and boating safety.

TX: USCGA 08-07-05, San Antonio: To create a public service announcement promoting the use of life jackets while boating.

WA: North Olympic Sail & Power Squadron, Sequim: To produce a brochure and banner to educate boaters about alcohol and boating.

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