BoatU.S. recognizes environmental advocate

The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has awarded its 2008 Environmental Leadership award to Russ Robinson, an environmental advocate and long-time sailor on San Francisco Bay. 

From the press release: 

Robinson has served on many government task forces, using his experience to help local government agencies understand the boating community.  In the mid-1990’s when Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) pollution threatened to close lakes in the state, he helped form a coalition to address the problem. Working with the California Department of Boating and Waterways, Robinson made it easier for the agency to remove derelict vessels, before they  caused environmental harm.  When questions were raised about marina pollution, he represented boaters on a task force and helped draft a voluntary approach and Clean Marina Guidebook for the state. 

He also helped return more 15,000 acres of industrial salt ponds to recreational use, and most recently worked to find common sense solutions to the closure of some of the Golden State’s lakes as a result of concerns over invasive species.

“Russ’s efforts have impacted every boater in California,” said BoatU.S. Foundation Director of Environmental Programs Susan Shingledecker.

A member of the San Jose Sailing Club and South Bay Yacht Club, Robinson has lived in the Bay area since 1957, and is an active sailor and past owner of Catalina 36, Jubilation. The Cupertino, CA resident has a long history with Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC), joining the group’s Board in 1992 and serving as its president in 2003.

Current RBOC President Walt Kadyk said, “Russ has the respect and admiration of his friends in the boating community and the many regulatory agencies and associations he works with.  Recreational Boaters of California was proud to nominate Russ for this prestigious award. He is a true treasure to boating.”

Competing for this year’s award were 30 other nominees, and in addition to Robinson’s award, the BoatU.S. Foundation honored 10 of these groups and individuals with Environmental Commendations for their extraordinary environmental efforts.  To view a list of recipients with their programs, go to

By Ocean Navigator