SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 19, 2011 -- Vivian Matuk isn’t one to shy away from the tough environmental issues facing California boaters. For ten years she has helped boaters, anglers and sailors keep these waterways clean by developing innovative recycling programs, reducing the sources of pollution and training volunteers through California’s innovative dockwalkers program. For her hard work, dedication and expertise, Matuk, an Environmental Boating Program Coordinator with the California Department of Boating and Waterways, is honored with the 2011 BoatUS Foundation Environmental Leadership Award.
The award recognizes those who have made a significant impact advancing clean boating and educating boaters about how they can minimize their environmental impacts. “Vivian is in the field talking to boaters every day about how they can reduce their impact and is a great partner to work with,” said BoatUS Foundation Director of Clean Water Susan Shingledecker.
“She spearheaded the ‘Keep the Delta Clean Program’ and looked for solutions to the environmental issues that frustrate many boaters, such as what to do with old, expired flares or the absorbent pads used to soak up engine oil, for which she developed an innovative exchange program. She is also the golden state angler’s best friend, overseeing 40 BoatUS Foundation fishing line recycling bins helping us report the success of this program and making it stronger. In a nutshell, she delivers results by making the California waterways cleaner for everyone,” added Shingledecker.
In addition, two others received Environmental Commendations: David White of NY Sea Grant for his “Discover Clean and Safe Boating Education Campaign”; and April Price of Treasure Coast, FL for her coordination of the Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup that covers over 125 miles of waterways in Florida.
About the BoatUS Foundation:
The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by the half-million members of BoatUS, it provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America's waterways and keeping boating safe for all. To make a tax-deductible donation to this 501(c)(3) nonprofit, go to www.BoatUS.com/foundation.