A: Certified Clean Marinas have worked with program staff to ensure they are in compliance with their regulatory requirements, and have voluntarily exceeded them by adopting a significant proportion of recommendations in the Maryland Clean Marina Guidebook.
A: Clean Marinas meet their regulatory requirements and implement a certain proportion of the recommendations in the Maryland Clean Marina Guidebook.
The Clean Marina “Award Checklist” (used to certify facilities) mirrors the recommendations in the Guidebook. However, marinas do not have to implement all practices.
“Passing scores” range from 70-85% in each area. The following list covers chapters from the Guidebook and sample recommendations:
A: Marinas, boatyards and yacht clubs, as well as municipal or military marinas in Maryland. Additionally, many small-scale recreational boating facilities can be certified as "Clean Marina Partners."
A: Partners are not true marinas (e.g., marine museums, state, county, or city park boat ramps, or community associations) but support the goals and ideals of the Clean Marina Initiative. Most of the questions on the Award Checklist do not apply to these facilities, but they are asked to essentially do two things: minimize their own waste and educate their users on clean boating practices through signs, mailings, distribution of program materials, or other appropriate means.
A: Certified facilities are rewarded by DNR with the following benefits:
Many Clean Marina operators have also experienced:
A: DNR started developing the program in mid 1997. Through the efforts of a committee comprised of leaders in the marine industry (volunteering many hours of time) and government representatives, the Guidebook was printed in 1998. Implementation of this program began in the winter of 1998. The first marina was certified in January 1999.
Since 1997 the Clean Marina Initiative (through the Department’s Coastal Management Program) has received operational funding from NOAA. Staff salary is paid with state funds. EPA’s Non-point Source Program also provided funding used for demonstration projects of pollution prevention
equipment in selected watersheds for four years.
A: The Clean Marina Initiative was developed as an alternative to further regulations of the marina industry, in response to §6217 of the Coastal Zone Act Re-Authorization Amendments of 1990. The program set out to certify 25 percent of the approximately 600 marinas in Maryland as “Clean Marinas.” As of February 2009, 133 (22 percent) of the marinas in MD are certified and over 30% of the slips at commercial marinas were estimated to be at Clean Marinas. The number of Clean Marinas is always on the rise—please visit the website below for a current list of participants.
Complete program information and a list of certified Clean Marinas can be found at http://dnr2.maryland.gov/Boating/Pages/cleanmarina/home.aspx or by calling 410-260-8773.
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)