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 dollars on boats and boating activities in a
single year. The Great Lakes Regional Collaboration announced the Great
Lakes Clean Boat Initiative in October 2007. The goal is to spread the
message that recreational boaters can easily reduce the impact of their
activities and help protect the Great Lakes by adopting some simple
Through the Clean Boats Initiative, the Great Lakes Regional
Collaboration will declare the 2008 boating season a summer-long
celebration of sustainable recreational boating throughout the Great
Lakes. The basin-wide "Clean Boats Every Day" Initiative will be
highlighting the work of several national, state, and local outreach
campaigns. Events will be held throughout the summer will teach
participants how to inspect, clean, and drain their boats in order to
prevent the spread of AIS.
- An informal, multiple-agencies steering group has been
established to help coordinate the effort.
- Existing boater education and outreach materials is being
compiled. This material will be available through the GLRC website.
- Boater education events throughout the summer are also being
compiled on the GLRC website.
- A formal announcement to kick of the summer of events will be