The grants announced today are a great step in keeping our waters available and accessible for today’s families, as well as future generations to enjoy.
STURTEVANT, Wis. (PRWEB) March 22, 2018
Evinrude joined U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and other leaders in the announcement of millions of dollars in grant funding for Wisconsin. Jeff Wasil, Emission Compliance Engineer, represented the more than 600 Wisconsin-based employees at the event.
"It was a great moment for recreational boating and fishing in Wisconsin today and I was honored to represent the Evinrude brand and our hundreds of Wisconsin-based employees,” said Wasil, “Many of my best childhood memories came from boating and fishing in Northern Wisconsin with a 1947 Evinrude outboard. It's great to see the commitment today so that these wonderful family memories and experiences can continue to be made across the great state of Wisconsin."
The Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund is the backbone for fisheries conservation and provides critical funding for state and national fishing and boating programs. Boaters pay fees and taxes that support sportfish restoration and fund government-run conservation programs, such as the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, sometimes called the Wallop-Breaux Trust Fund. As a user-pay, user-benefit system, taxes collected go to state fish and wildlife agencies for fisheries research, habitat improvement, aquatic education and fishing and boating access facilities, such as docks and ramps.
“The grants announced today are a great step in keeping our waters available and accessible for today’s families, as well as future generations to enjoy. Evinrude is dedicated to doing our part to preserve the waters for future generations of boaters through innovative product development, rigorous testing, and strategic community initiatives,” said Wasil. “It is our responsibility to ensure we do everything in our power to produce the greenest engines available. Wisconsin is our home and we’re committed to keeping our lakes clean while continuing to power Wisconsin boaters’ adventures on the water.”
Evinrude’s founder, Ole Evinrude, was inspired to develop the first commercially viable outboard engine while rowing on Okauchee Lake. Nearly 110 years later, Evinrude engines are still manufactured locally, employing approximately 650 southeastern Wisconsin residents. Working with the blueprint Ole Evinrude created for outboard engines in 1909, Evinrude continues to refine the outboard by producing direct injection engines with superior technology and performance, while exceeding vigorous environmental standards across the world.