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Recreational boating access award seeks entries

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, BoatU.S., wants to honor model waterway access projects.

By sharing tactics, information and strategies, the fourth annual BoatU.S. 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.

However, time is running out. Individuals, local grassroots groups, marine businesses or local and state governments only have until Oct. 1 to enter the awards program.

Waterfront residential development, regulatory red tape, increased taxes, poor land-use planning and restrictive zoning are just some of the factors contributing to the decline of waterway access for recreational boats.

Winners will be announced by Oct. 31. For information, go to