Ontario government commits funding for world leading clean marine program



    PENETANGUISHENE, ON, June 15 /CNW/ - The Ontario Marine Operators
Association (OMOA) is pleased to announce a new funding commitment from
Ontario's Ministry of the Environment for $60,000 to continue the world
leading Clean Marine Program. This commitment will enhance recently secured
private funding to increase the scope and effectiveness of the program in the
coming years.
    "This is good news for marine operators from across the province," said
Al Donaldson, Executive Director of the OMOA. "Since the program's inception,
there has been a significant increase in environmentally friendly practices
and product use, resulting in cleaner waterways and the overall environment."
    The Clean Marine Program, operated by the OMOA, began six years ago with
funding from the Ministry of the Environment in Ontario and Environment
Canada, as well as OMOA member contributions and other private sector grants.
The program has been recognized as the best Environmental Best Management
Practices marina program in the world. It has also been recently licensed to
Quebec, is about to be expanded to British Columbia and is generating strong
interest in the Atlantic Provinces.
    The program has been successful in educating the entire marine community
in the use of environmentally responsible products and practices. The programs
have contributed significantly to the recycling of shrink-wrap, used oil,
antifreeze and garbage. The program has also resulted in significant reduction
of energy resources including water, fuel, and hydro.
    "The McGuinty government takes our stewardship of Ontario's environment
and valuable water resources seriously," said Minister of the Environment,
Laurel Broten. "We are proud to support the efforts of the OMOA to continue to
clean up our lakes and rivers, and promote cleaner and safer waterways in the
province."
    The OMOA is currently awaiting confirmation from the federal government
for similar funding to support the Clean Marine Program.

    The Ontario Marine Operators Association is the largest, non-profit,
recreational marine trade association in Canada. Members consist of yacht
clubs, water-based and dryland marinas (privately and municipally owned) as
well as trade members who supply products and services to the marine industry.
The association offers assistance and information regarding Ontario's marinas
to marina operators and boaters across the province.





For further information:

For further information: please visit the OMOA website at
www.marinasontario.com Or contact: Al Donaldson, Executive Director, Ontario
Marine Operators Association, Phone: (705) 549-1667, Email:
adonaldson@omoa.com

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