With public access to inland and coastal areas declining every year, BoatUS, the nation’s largest boat-owners group, wants to honor model waterway-access projects. By sharing tactics, information and strategies, the 4th annual BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award is designed to help spread the word about these successful initiatives—and hopefully increase access for boaters everywhere.
Individuals, local grassroots groups, marine businesses or local and state governments have until October 1 to enter the awards program.
“We need to share the stories about who has succeeded in preserving or improving public waterway access, and how they did it,” said BoatUS President Nancy Michelman.
Examples of solutions could include creative public/private partnerships, changes in land-use planning or permitting processes, tax incentives, legislation or public ballots, publicity or public education. Eligible activities must have been undertaken in the last 3 years.
Judges will look at 4 criteria:
- The challenges faced in retaining or increasing access in an area.
- The direct impact or measurable results of the solution.
- The level of success in increasing awareness of the importance of boating access to a community.
- “Repeatability,” or the ability to use the successful approach as a model for other areas.
Further questions about the competition should be directed to:
- Scott Croft, Director of Public Affairs
- email: SCroft@BoatUS.com