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ANN ARBOR — Curious about boat bottom washing in the Great Lakes region? Want to explore best management practices marinas can follow to keep Great Lakes waters clean? Three new videos exploring different aspects of being a Certified Clean Marina are now available.

“This video series highlights best practices from marina owners and operators in the region, including Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin,” said Elizabeth LaPorte, co-principal investigator and project manager. “This is a great way to communicate what marinas are doing to help protect our waterways.”

The videos are now available through the Clean Marina Classroom, on the Great Lakes Clean Marina Network website and via YouTube and are summarized below.

Great Lakes Clean Marina Program Overview: The Benefits of Clean Marinas and Clean Boating
This video provides an overview of Clean Marina programs throughout the Great Lakes, reasons new marinas may consider participating and what boaters can expect at a Clean Marina.

Keeping it Clean: Best Practices for Certified Clean Marinas
How can you help keep the Great Lakes clean? This video provides an overview of Best Management Practices (BMPs) marina operators and boaters can employ to keep contaminants out of the lakes.

Marinas and Boat Bottom Washing Best Practices
This video features an overview of boat bottom washing techniques from around the Great Lakes. Marina experts also discuss why it’s important to keep boat bottom wash contained and some of the systems they use to do so.

Michigan Sea Grant developed the videos on behalf of the Great Lakes Clean Marina Network. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supported the development of these videos (EPA-R5-GL2011-1).

Contact: Stephanie Ariganello, (745) 615-0400 or stephaa@umich.edu