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New coalition focuses on preserving working waterfronts

A new coalition has been formed to focus on the nation’s working waterways and waterfronts.

Tom Murray, associate director of Advisory Services at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, said he was one of the local representatives among the 200-plus participants at the Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium on Water Access 2010, held recently in Portland, Maine.

At the conclusion of the conference, Murray said, representatives from federal, state and local governments and organizations announced the formation of the new National Working Waterways & Waterfronts Coalition.

Sea Grant programs from around the country are helping take the lead in the coalition, Murray said, with special support from Sea Grant programs in Maine, Virginia and Florida. These representatives will partner with Island Institute and Coastal Enterprises, Inc., both based in Maine, and the Urban Harbors Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

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