How the Marina Industry Profits from Clean Waters

How the Marina Industry Profits from Clean Waters Recreational boating is one of the most popular uses of America`s coastal and inland waters. National estimates` are that over 17.6 million boats were used in 1997, $19.3 billion was spent at retail on those boats, and there are more than 12,000 marinas and other shore side…

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How the Marina Industry Profits from Clean Waters Recreational boating is one of the most popular uses of America`s coastal and inland waters. National estimates` are that over 17.6 million boats were used in 1997, $19.3 billion was spent at retail on those boats, and there are more than 12,000 marinas and other shore side boating facilities and 13,000 marine retailers` in the USA. If we conservatively estimate that if each boat took 10 different people out one or more times`, then potentially 176 million people went boating last year; and that represents about 60% of the national population. Clearly Americans like boating. Unfortunately, recreational boating is a highly visible activity that has often been used as a negative symbol of environmental abuse by some publics. Studies have shown that the environmental impacts of boating and marina activity are quite small and are easily managed. One study with case studies of 25 marinas nationwide was published by the US Environmental Protection Agency and is summarized in this report. Without clean water, boating is neither fun nor desirable. Boaters, as the largest users of America`s waterways, want everyone to become more aware of their need for clean water. The US boating and marina industry recognized the vital importance of clean water to good and fun boating and profitable business and launched in 1998 a successful public educational program-the National Clean Boating Campaign. That Campaign is helping change attitudes of boaters in favor of clean water and helping the general public understand that boaters are working to improve their environmental quality.

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