August 23, 2006

Boating News

Safety and Clean Water

BoatU.S. has issued a recent press release regarding the ways in which boaters and marina operators may help to prevent spills that can accidentally escape from fuel pump nozzles during the refueling process. Besides benefiting conservation and environmental issues, with today's high fuel prices, one simply can't afford to waste a single drop.

According to the BoatU.S. Foundation, "Help Stop the Drops," established as a nationwide program with an emphasis on clean fueling, will also include online web access with wise refueling tips. "Small fuel spills may not seem like much when they occur, but over time they can add up and impact the marine environment," said Susan Shingledecker, the foundation's Environmental Program Manager. She added that, "by partnering with marina fuel docks, we hope to encourage boaters and dock staff to take some simple steps to help keep fuel out of the water."

Efforts for this plan officially started when more than 600 fuel docks were provided with free clean fueling education kits. These kits contain a fuel vent overflow collection device that boaters will employ while filling their tanks. At the moment, the program hopes to test its own effectiveness so boaters who use the device are asked to give feedback to marina operators on its usefulness.

Another announcement that was issued last week by the BoatU.S. Foundation involved a call for entries into the Boating Safety Youth Program Award. If you are aware of an individual or group who has recently helped kids to stay safe on the water, the National Safe Boating Council and BoatU.S. would like to hear from you.

NSBC requests entries for groups and individuals that have developed and put into practice innovative youth programs which focus on recreational boating safety. Co-sponsored with BoatU.S., the NSBC will award a $2,500 cash prize to the winner.

The entry deadline is December 31, 2006 and the project must include safety practices targeted to those less than 18 years of age. In the past, awards have been claimed by school districts, camps, scouting groups and even by the U.S. Power Squadron. The cash prize has been set up to implement and enhance a youth-oriented boating safety program. As a result, monies can be spent on such items as teaching aids, printing, equipment and advertising.

Each year, the winner is invited to the International Boating and Water Safety Summit in the spring. This year's event will take place in March of 2007 in San Antonio Texas. Travel expenses, transportation, lodging and meals will also be covered by the co-sponsors. For more information on this exciting contest, go to www.safeboatingcouncil.org/ and click on the awards program.

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