As participants in the Michigan Clean Marina Program, marinas 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. To date, more than 80 marinas have been awarded certification. Since the program began in 2005, more than 40 marinas have been recertified, showing continued commitment to keeping Michigan waters clean.
Why Clean Marinas are important to boaters
“We enjoy being here because it’s clean, and neat…
we all have to do our part to keep Michigan waters beautiful.”
Achieving Clean Marina Status
In order to receive certification as a Michigan Clean Marina, participants need to complete a 10 Steps to Certification, including training, a self-evaluation checklist and a site visit. Certified Clean 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
Clean Marina Training Online or In-person
Marina owners and operators now have an open resource they can access 24/7 to assist in the certification process: The Clean Marina Classroom. The Classroom is an online resource guide that includes details on recommended and mandatory practices of the Clean Marina Program. It includes photos and videos of best management practices and a review of relevant laws and regulations.
Michigan marinas are no longer required to “complete” the Classroom as a training; however, it’s highly recommended that pledged marinas and new marina owners and operators review the Classroom and plan to attend an in-person Clean Marina certification workshop. Certified Clean Marinas are also encouraged to review the Classroom as they complete the steps for recertification and attend an in-person workshop when possible to network and support the pledged marinas.