Marine groups acknowledge Earth Day

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With Earth Day's arrival Wednesday, the BoatU.S. Foundation plans to honor those who have made a significant contribution towards improving waterway health and educating boaters on how to minimize their environmental impact.

Any group, organization, company, marina or individual who has worked hard to make a difference is eligible for the 2009 BoatU.S. Foundation Environmental Leadership Award. The recipient also receives $1,000 to help continue their environmental efforts. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2009.

Applications and information about the award are available here. Any questions may be directed here.

Elsewhere, the Coast Guard planned to open its first Landfill Gas Renewable Energy Center at the Coast Guard Yard on 2401 Hawkins Point Rd., in Baltimore as part of its Earth Day Celebration.

"As America's Maritime Guardians, not only do we protect the environment through our operations, but we strive to protect the environment in the way we carry out our missions as an organization and as individuals," said Rear Adm. Thomas P. Ostebo, the Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics and Environmental Executive. "The Coast Guard is actively finding innovative ways to reduce, reuse, recycle, adopt green procurement objectives, and seek forms of alternative and renewable energy as a response to greenhouse gases."