USA. States Organization for Boating Access presents awards at annual conference Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 October 2006
Awards news:

The States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) presented its yearly awards at the 20th annual SOBA conference this September in Tampa, Florida. SOBA presents awards to individuals and agencies that have made significant contributions to advancing public boating access programs through innovative and economic design, sound engineering, potential life span of the project, accessibility, safety, and improved methods, materials, or construction practices.

The most prestigious award—the William H. Ivers Award—was given posthumously to Robert Williams of Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for his ongoing contribution as a vocal proponent of public recreational boating access in the state of Maine. Most recently, Williams assisted in the controversial public boat-launch process in the coastal town of Brunswick, Maine. The William H. Ivers Award is presented to an individual who has contributed significantly over at least 15 years to the design, construction, management, or administration of boat-access facilities or programs. Williams passed away this past May.

Additionally, the State Boating Access Excellence Award was presented to the Oregon State Marine Board for its grasp of the Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program and its ability to deliver the needed facilities to the public. Other SOBA award recipients include Grays Bay (Minnesota) Public Boat Access, California State University Aquatic Center, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Chippewa (Indian Lake State Park, Ohio) Marina, and the South Carolina Clean Vessel Act.

SOBA is an organization devoted to the acquisition, development, and administration of public recreational boating facilities nationwide. SOBA provides a forum for the exchange of views, ideas, concepts, and experiences related to all aspects of recreational boating facilities. SOBA presents annual awards to individuals and agencies nationwide that have made significant contributions to advancing public boating access programs.

For more information about SOBA’s mission, its award recipients, or its various

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