UPDATE: Interlux Waterfront Challenge–Winners Announced!

Written by on October 28, 2012 in Marine Life
2012 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

2012 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Photo courtesy of Show Management.

Last Thursday, at the opening of the 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Interlux announced the winners of their Waterfront Challenge.

The national winner is Sea Scout Ship 41 of Bay Village, Ohio.  They were awarded $20,000 to benefit their cause.

“The goal of the Interlux Waterfront Challenge is to encourage community participation in sustainable projects to protect and preserve our marine environment.  Our 2012 national winner is an outstanding example of what can be accomplished when we all work together,” said Jim Seidel, Interlux North America marketing manager.

Sea Scout Ship 41 researched harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie and developed O’Tumbler, a vertical wind turbine designed to circulate oxygen-rich water which stimulates the growth of plankton which provides food for fish.

“This has been a super opportunity for our Sea Scouts to study, brainstorm and develop practical solutions to real life environmental problems.  We look forward to using the Interlux award to further educate our community to help protect our great natural resource, Lake Erie,” said Richard Gash, Skipper of Sea Scout Ship 41.

There were also three regional winners who received $4,500 to help with their projects:

  1. Paddle Without PollutionPittsburgh, PA. Organizes kayakers and canoeists to pick up trash and monitor water conditions of Pittsburgh’s three rivers.
  2. South River FederationEdgewater, MD. Organizes volunteers to help clean up trash from the South River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.
  3. Sea Scavenger ConservancySan Francisco, CA. Organizes children’s environmental education programs and cleanups of the Mission Bay shoreline.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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