October 5, 2008

On the Trail


The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has announced more than $50,000 in grants to 19 groups, including two in Wisconsin, for its 2008 Clean Water Grant program.

The foundation, a non-profit education and research organization, received more than 60 applications for its 2008 Clean Water Grant cycle, which focused on educating boaters about preventing the spread of invasive species. Of the 19 grants selected for funding, projects ranged from creating signs about invasive-species boat- cleaning procedures to a project that surveys boaters about their awareness of invasive species.

The two state winners were the Wisconsin Harbor Towns Association in Sturtevant and the North American Lake Management Society in Madison.

The Harbor Towns Association will produce and distribute 22,000 educational brochures to boaters and tourists. The title of the brochure is "Simple Solutions for Healthy Great Lakes." The brochures will be distributed at marinas, tourism centers, trade and boat shows and conferences, and by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. The North American Lake Management Society will create a series of baseball-size cards focusing on different aquatic invasive species, their identification and a few simple steps that recreational boaters can take to prevent their spread to other lakes.

Since 1988, the foundation has awarded more than a quarter- million dollars in Clean Water Grants to fund projects that promote clean boating at the local level. Funds are derived from the voluntary contributions of the 650,000 members of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.).

For information about how to make a tax-deductible donation to help keep programs like these afloat, go to www.BoatUS.com or mail your donation to: BoatU.S. Foundation, 880 South Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304.

Fishing: Daryl Christensen will give a presentation on Wolf River walleye fishing at the Tuesday meeting of the Okauchee Fishing Club, Knights of Columbus Hall, 1800 S. 92nd St., West Allis. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.; the cost is $2.

- Walleyes Unlimited will host a presentation titled "Mega Crappies" by Wally Banif on Wednesday at Root River Lanes, 7220 W. Rawson Ave., Franklin. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.; the cost to non- members is $5. For more information call (262) 781-0681.

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