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Big thanks to everyone who voted for this year's grantees! You guys rocked it and BROKE THE INTERNET! We're reviewing the votes now and will be announcing the winning groups next week! 
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Grant project of the day: Northwest Maritime Center of Port Townsend, WA

Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC) will create a series of education videos for the Read Your Radar Right, Reduce Collisions project. By providing unique learning tools directly to recreational boaters, they hope to reduce accidents and fatalities, and keep boating a safe and enjoyable pastime. The project will provide boaters with the resources to increase competencies in navigation, rules of the road, radar operation, radio communication, and night navigation. The project uses video footage from electronic charts, radar, and simulated visuals as seen both through a boat’s windshield as well as overhead views using NWMC ’s TRANSAS simulator.

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It's time for #QuestionOfTheWeek.
Choose the best answer.
The primary purpose of a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is:
A) To let your marina know you are safe.
B) To let friends follow your progress on a trip.
C) To notify authorities in the event of an emergency.
D) To direct you back to the vessel you fell overboard from.
Do you know the answer to this one? Leave it in a comment below. Not too sure? Check back tomorrow for the correct answer and a link to tell you more about this life-saving device. Thanks for looking!
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Fire extinguisher manufacturer, Kiddie has issued a voluntary recall for around 4.6 million extinguishers that were sold nationwide between August 2013 and November 2014. Check to make sure your extinguisher isn't on the list!

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Where on Earth? Does anyone know this exact location - enlighten us!
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Time for the #QuestionOfTheWeek.
What is the best way to prevent dock lines from breaking in high winds and waves?

A) Use chain instead of dock lines.
B) Add chafe protection where the lines meet the rail.
C) Use pieces of foam instead of fenders.
D) Reduce the number of lines used to tie the boat up.

Do you know the correct answer? If not, this topic is covered in our new online course, Hurricane Preparation for Boaters.
Check back tomorrow for the correct answer, and a link to the new course. Thanks for participating.

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Grant project of the day: Keep Tennessee Beautiful of Memphis, TN

Keep Tennessee Beautiful will create a multi-avenue outreach campaign targeted at boaters with anti-littering messages. The campaign will include face-to-face interaction, radio and social media PSAs and outreach events. Keep Tennessee Beautiful will enlist the help of their local affiliates across the state to spread the message to keep trash and cigarette butts in the boat. They will also conduct waterway surveys to document the success of the campaign.

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Grant project of the day: Lake Hopatcong Foundation of Lake Hopatcong, NJ

Lake Hopatcong Foundation will create a Lake Hopatcong Guide Map. The map will include information on invasive species and the location of pumpout stations. The map will be available for free and printed on water-resistant, tear resistant and durable 12” x 18” paper. They will also update the Lake Hopatcong Guide app which is available for free download for iPhone, iPad and Android. Information on how to prevent aquatic hitchhikers and the locations of pumpout station will be added to the app and their website.

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Despite a snowy day in Annapolis, its officially Spring! We're still counting down the days to get back out on the boat!
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Grant project of the day: Chesapeake Conservancy of Annapolis, MD

The Chesapeake Conservancy will convert their print publication, "A Boater's Guide to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail” to an online/mobile platform to be more accessible to boaters. The guide combines practical information and trip itineraries with historical context of the Chesapeake's water explored by Captain John Smith in the early 1600's. The Boater’s Guide includes detailed maps for each destination along the John Smith Trail, mileage, and historic sites. It also indicates what types of boats can access each location and includes safe and clean boating information.

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Grant project of the day: Arizona Newspapers Foundation of Yuma, AZ

The Yuma Sun will develop a 16-page print tabloid called 'Wally's Wonderful World of Boating' which educates youth and their families about boating and boating safety. This publication will present the content in fun, interactive learning lessons. The tabloid will include word searches, match games, short stories, QR Codes, Crossword puzzles, and other activities focused on boating and boating safety. The publication will be distributed to local schools as well as local outdoor stores and boat ramps as well as online.

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Grant project of the day: Cook Inletkeeper of Homer, AK

Cook Inletkeeper will leverage the BoatUS Foundation Clean Boating Course to reach Alaskans with clean boating education. After completing the course, Alaskan boaters will be asked to complete a short survey on Cook Inletkeeper’s website about what they learned and what clean boating practices they will implement. As soon as that survey is completed, they will be eligible to receive am Alaska Clean Boating Card in the mail. The card will give boaters an opportunity to receive discounts at local businesses through an incentive program. Businesses will receive promotional materials to display, identifying them as participating sponsors of the program.

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The BoatUS Foundation is a national 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting safe, clean and responsible boating.
Introduction
The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is an innovative leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. The Foundation provides educational outreach directly to boaters, and supports partner organizations nationwide. With millions of boaters on the water, our aim is to reduce accidents and fatalities, increase stewardship of our waterways and keep boating a safe and enjoyable pastime.
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147 Old Solomon's Island Rd. Annapolis MD 21401
880 S. Pickett St. Alexandria VA 22304