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Clean Boats Every Day


Through a new "Clean Boats Every Day" Initiative, the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration has declared the 2008 boating season a summer-long celebration of sustainable recreational boating throughout the Great Lakes. Through the Initiative, Great Lakes Governors, Mayors, Members of Congress, Tribes, Federal Agencies and other partners have joined forces to promote sustainable boating practices that will protect the Great Lakes from aquatic invasive species (AIS).

The basin-wide "Clean Boats Every Day" Initiative will be highlighting the work of several national, state, and local outreach campaigns. Events throughout the summer will help participants learn how to inspect, clean, and drain their boats in order to prevent the spread of AIS.

Recreational boating is a hugely popular activity in the Great Lakes and a significant component of the region's economy. Nearly 4.3 million boats are registered in the eight Great Lakes states. These boaters spend nearly $16 billion on boats and boating activities in a single year. Recreational boaters can easily reduce the impact of their activities and help protect the Great Lakes.

Education and Outreach Materials

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2008 Boating Season Schedule of Events

List your Agency or Organization's Clean Boat Event Here

Contacts for Further Information:

Lisa Wojnarowski
Council of Great Lakes Governors
Office: 312-407-0177
[email protected]

James Schardt
U.S. EPA - Great Lakes National Program Office
Office: 312-353-5085
[email protected]


Boats at anchor at Black River Marina, Cheboygan, Michigan
Photo credit: Copyright ©Michigan Sea Grant Extension, Carole Y. Swinehart

Last updated: September 12, 2008

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