September 27, 2004

Ontario provides $180K to support OMOA Clean Boater program

TORONTO, ONT-The Ontario government is investing $180,000 in the Ontario Marine Operators Association's (OMOA's) Clean Boater program. "The Clean Boater program aims to tackle pollution before it ends up in our lakes and rivers. I'm proud that the ministry's Great Lakes Guardian monitoring vessel was the first boat to be eco-certified under the program," Environment Minister Leona Dombrowsky said in announcing the funding. The Clean Boater Program provides boaters an environmental boat inspection and teaches the proper way to store fuel, dispose of wastewater and greywater and generally keep an environmentally sound vessel. It offers tips and ideas for best environmental practices. An estimated one million Ontarians will be reached through the Clean Boater program, and tens of thousands will be eco-certified. Since the Great Lakes Guardian was certified earlier this year, more than 400 additional boaters have been eco-certified. In partnership with the province, the OMOA also runs the Clean Marine Program, which helps marinas ensure they are following environmentally sound practices. More than 200 marinas participate in this program, which covers all aspects of marine operations from fueling to waste oil and paper recycling. The program has received many environmental awards and is considered the best marina environmental practices program in the world.
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