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JULY 1 DECLARED “NATIONAL BOATING DAY”

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Livonia, MI, June 30, 2009  –   By passing both House and Senate resolutions, July 1st has been declared “National Boating Day” thanks to support from House of Representative member Candice Miller (R-MI) and Senator Carl Levin (D- MI).  These resolutions recognize the important role recreational boating and the boating industry play in the lives of the nation’s 70 million boaters and the U.S. economy.   more

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Study says Mackinac Island boat race aids economy

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The Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race could add between $30.4 million and $59.5 million to the state's tourism economy this summer, according to a report released by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.  more...

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What Goes “Down the Drain” Affects Water Quality

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What Goes “Down the Drain” Affects Water Quality June Event Planned on Torch Lake The public is invited to learn what every homeowner should know about managing a septic system at the “Down the Drain” event being held at the Alden Depot Park on Wednesday, June 24 at 4 p.m. more

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Grand Rapids Water Festival in Riverside Park is all about the environment

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The Grand Rapids Water Festival has run into a bit of a problem.

Now in its third year, the environmentally conscious event has been well-attended, but organizers say it mostly attracts like-minded individuals.

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5th Annual Lake Association Summit Features Jeff Alexander

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Petoskey, MI –Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council is once again partnering with the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay and the Network of Lake Associations (NOLA) to host the 5th Annual Lake Association Summit next Monday.  The featured speaker this year is Jeff Alexander, author of the new book Pandora’s Locks, which explains how opening the St. Lawrence Seaway 50 years ago unleashed a biological plague of foreign species in the Great Lakes. more

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Nominations Due For Environmental Leadership Award

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From BoatU.S. Foundation

Annual Award Comes with $1000

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 1, 2009 - Time is running out to help the
BoatU.S. Foundation honor those who have made a significant contribution towards improving waterway health and educating boaters about environmental issues. The 2009 BoatU.S. Foundation Environmental Leadership Awardwill 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, 2009. more

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Scouts thrown boating, fishing lifelines

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WAUKEGAN -- With summer on the brink of arrival, Ron Russell said there are many reasons to review boating and fishing safety, especially with Cub Scouts who will be venturing into the great outdoors.

Standing amid Sunday's daylong safety expo outside Cooke Magnet School, Russell added that he planned to host a primer on rod and reel basics for a very straightforward reason. more...



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3,400 Boaters Nationwide Will Need A Helping Hand

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Likely Culprits: Incomplete Spring Commissioning, Bad Fuel

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 18, 2009 -- This holiday weekend,
BoatU.S. Towing Services is projecting that 3,400 recreational boaters and anglers nationwide will need some type of on-the-water assistance. The biggest reason why boaters will need a tow back to a marina or launch ramp is likely the result of incomplete spring commissioning, as well as fuel that has gone bad over the long winter storage period. Battery jump starts, fuel drop offs, and ungrounding services are other common reasons why boaters may call for a helping hand. more

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"Two on a Boat - How to Keep it Afloat"

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In an effort to introduce and promote sailing to women and couples, SailTime Detroit has made arrangements for Captain Josie Longo to conduct her "Two on a Boat - How to Keep it Afloat" seminar here in Michigan.  Captain Josie is the inventor of the Sailing Wind Wheel (http://www.sailingwindwheel.com) and she is well-know for her couples and women's sailing classes (http://www.acss.bz/index.html).  more

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MBIA Encourages Boaters Education

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Michigan Boating Industries Association Encourages Boater Education During National Safe Boating Week, May 16 - 22, 2009 May 15, 2009,

Livonia, MI - As of April 1, 2009, the Secretary State reports Michigan has more than 927,914 registered boats on file and Michigan State University estimates there are another 200,000 - 300,000 legally unregistered boats in the state. With more than one million recreational boats on Michigan lakes and rivers, it is clear that boating is a popular pastime. Annual boating statistics show that recreational boating is also a very safe activity. more

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A View From the Lake 2009

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The L.L. Smith, Jr. research vessel is back for another season of three-hour educational boat tours along the Lake Superior coastline! Did you know that a drop of water spends an average of 191 years in Lake Superior? Join us to discover why facts like these make monitoring so critical to keeping Lake Superior and its streams clean and healthy. Participate in sampling Lake Superior’s water and bottom-dwelling invertebrates (small animals without backbones) and compare your data to other locations around the lake.  more...

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14th Annual Nautical Coast Cleanup

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Sunday, May 17, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

St. Clair Shores, MI - The St. Clair Shores Waterfront Advisory Committee in association with the Jefferson Yacht Club would like to invite you to the 14th Annual Nautical Coast Cleanup.

This 100% volunteer event has gathered more than 460 tons of debris from the Lake St. Clair shoreline. Once again, we are encouraging everyone to join our efforts. Volunteers are what made this event the success it has been in the past and it is the volunteers who will make this event a success this year. Come by yourself, bring a friend or bring your whole family. more

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BoatU.S. Foundation Environmental Leadership Award Comes with $1,000

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ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 20, 2009 - Is there someone in your town who has helped boaters be more environmentally responsible and made their local waterways cleaner?

With Earth Day's arrival April 22, the
BoatU.S. Foundationplans 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. more

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Aboriginals march to raise awareness of nation's fresh water supply

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It was a cold morning for a long walk. But more than 50 people, most from First Nations communities, faced the wind and persistent flurries for a lap around Lake Banook yesterday. It was one of nine walks and 25 ceremonies across Canada to raise concerns about the country’s water supply.   more...



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Great Lakes icebreaking season draws to a close

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CLEVELAND, OH - (April 10) - The extensive international cooperative icebreaking efforts involving U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian icebreakers on the Great Lakes are fast coming to a close for the 2008/2009 icebreaking season.

There are two major operations conducted during the icebreaking season, Operations Coal Shovel and Taconite.

The Coast Guard concluded efforts in Operation Coal Shovel, which encompasses southern Lake Huron, St. Clair/Detroit River systems, and Lakes Erie and Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway, Thursday. 

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