Time is running out to help the BoatU.S. Foundation honor those who have made a significant contribution toward improving waterway health and educating boaters about environmental issues. The 2009 BoatU.S. Foundation Environmental Leadership Award will be given to a group, organization, company, marina or individual who has worked hard to make a difference — but only if local boaters help the foundation identify nominees. The deadline to apply is June 30.
"Look around you and you may find a person, business or local organization who has made a real impact," said Susan Shingledecker, director of environmental programs for the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. "For example, the award could go to a group that has cleaned up miles of beaches, a hometown marina that has led the way in helping keep our waterways clean, or a boat club member who has spearheaded a local environmental education campaign," she added. The winner also receives $1,000 to help continue their environmental efforts.
The award was created to complement the efforts of the BoatU.S. Foundation, which has a long history of working with waterway users, marinas and local organizations throughout the country to help bring environmental messages directly to boaters.