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History of Broward County's Largest One-Day Environmental Event

The Broward County Waterway Cleanup, organized by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and Marine Industry Cares Foundation, is the county’s largest and longest-running environmental event. The 2017 cleanup was held on Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 9 am – 1 pm. The first Waterway Cleanup was held in the late 1970s to help ensure that both the community as a whole and the marine industry could enjoy our local waterways. In 2017, over 2,000 volunteers of all ages by land and over 100 boats worked at 37 locations across the county to remove over 40 tons of trash and debris from our waterways, rivers and canals. You do not need a boat to participate!


The Marine Industries Association of South Florida is the largest trade organization in the Southeast United States dedicated to promoting, protecting, and growing the 110,000 middle class jobs in Broward County and 136,000 jobs regionally in marine businesses promoting boating lifestyles from family cruising and fishing to yachts and the goods and services that sustain them.

Created in 1961, the not-for-profit trade group is focused on the sound growth of the marine industry in the South Florida Region to benefit its members, their customers, communities and the environment.The Association has over 500 members in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties and is the owner of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Through the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, advocacy efforts, programs and services of MIASF have combined to raise the professionalism of the industry and awareness of its impact and contributions by the public, elected, and regulatory officials at the local, state, and federal levels.Members have fostered a reputation for the region to be known as the goods and service center of the world for the yachting and marine community.

Learn more about MIASF by visiting the website.

About MICF

The Marine Industry Cares Foundation mobilizes the generous spirit of the maritime community to benefit children and families in need. Founded in 2010 by marine industry leaders in South Florida motivated to make a difference in their city, the foundation is a non-profit organization that brings the maritime and local communities together to raise money and awareness for local charities supporting children and families.

MICF organizes the Annual Spin-A-Thon, toy drives, food drives, a summer camp scholarship program, volunteers in the community and partners with marine trade groups like the Marine Industries Association of South Florida to plan community events such as the Annual Waterway Cleanup. As the major fundraising event for the organization, the Spin-A-Thon supports MICF, its various initiatives and allows the Foundation to assist local organizations such as Kids In Distress and Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center with funding donations each year.

Learn more about MICF by visiting the website.