The Michigan Clean Marina Program aims to promote environmentally sound marina and boating practices to reduce pollution, enhance fish and wildlife habitat and protect Great Lakes water quality.
Marinas participating in the program voluntarily pledge to maintain and improve Michigan’s waterways by reducing or eliminating releases of harmful substances and phasing out practices that can damage aquatic environments. In order to receive official certification as a Michigan Clean Marina, participants need to complete a 10-step process, including training, a self-evaluation checklist and a site visit. Certified marinas strive for continuous improvement in daily environmental stewardship practices. Benefits to becoming a certified Clean Marina:
- Reducing insurance and waste disposal costs
- Reducing pollution and improving water quality
- Protecting fish and wildlife habitat
- Enhancing public image by promoting environmentally sound practices
Student groups can partner with the Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and the Michigan Boating Industries Association to help engage your local marina in this program. If your Marina has already made the pledge, you can help with assessing current environmental practices at your Marina or work with your marina manager to start environmental stewardship programs that will help address stewardship needs.
With your involvement, your local marina could be a Clean Marina!
More about the Michigan Clean Marina Program online: http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/cmp/