The Michigan Clean Marina Program promotes environmentally sound marina and boating practices to reduce pollution, enhance fish and wildlife habitat and protect Great Lakes water quality. The program is open to all public and private marinas in Michigan.

Program Administration

The Michigan Clean Marina Program is a cooperative effort of the Michigan Boating Industries Association and Michigan Sea Grant. Financial assistance for this project was provided, in part, by the Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program, Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, under the National Coastal Zone Management Program, through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

Program Coordination

The Michigan Boating Industries Association coordinates all Clean Marina certification activities including the Facebook page, for both MBIA and non-MBIA members. To schedule a site visit or inquire about the certification process, contact:

  • Danielle Fahim, Clean Marina Program Coordinator, dfahim@mbia.org, (734) 261-0123, ext. 1

Certification Specialists

Clean Marina Specialists provide support to marina operators and owners in addressing best management practices involved in achieving certification. Specialists conduct site visits and assist with the development of a Clean Marina binder documenting stormwater and spill prevention plans, as well as waste management and recycling, energy efficiency and other best practices to protect Michigan’s waterways.


Michigan Clean Marina Foundation

The Clean Marina Foundation Board was established in 2008 and meets regularly to provide strategic oversight for the Clean Marina Program. Often, the Foundation Board meets in conjunction with the Operations Committee. The Foundation Board is responsible for implementing strategic plans to increase the total number of certified marinas, improve communication, and convey the benefits of the Michigan Clean Marina Program.

Clean Marina Foundation Board of Directors:

  • President: Mark Breederland, Northwest District Extension Educator, Michigan Sea Grant
  • Treasurer: Nicki Polan, Executive Director, Michigan Boating Industries Association
  • Secretary: Eric Foster, General Partner, Belle Maer Harbor
  • Directors: Chris Babcock, Gerard Santoro (Macomb County Planning and Economic Development), and Kathleen Torresen.

Operations Committee

The Clean Marina Operations Committee approves new certifications and recertifications. Committee members review checklists, notes and recommendations from the site visits conducted by Certification Specialists annually. Committee members include marina owners/operators and others.

Operations Committee Members:

Clean Marina Classroom and Webpage

Michigan Sea Grant staff administer this webpage, the Clean Marina Administrative Database, and the Clean Marina Classroom, an online training tool used to familiarize operators with best practices. For questions on these topics, contact:

Program History and Success

The Michigan Clean Marina Program was established in 2001 as a public-private partnership to create a voluntary program to assist marina and harbor operators in identifying and implementing best practices. The program has received support from Michigan Sea Grant, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality – Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

In 2008, the Clean Marina Classroom was established to provide a convenient way for marina operators to pursue clean marina certification for their facilities. The online Classroom includes information on laws, regulations and best management practices focusing on issues such as petroleum control, waste disposal and marina management. The Classroom includes resources relevant to all freshwater marinas and fulfills the training requirement of the Michigan Clean Marina certification program.

The Michigan Clean Marina Program is successful in large part because the marina industry has an active role. MBIA and participating marina managers are promoting the Clean Marina certification as the industry standard. Marina managers are finding new ways to implement best management practices that benefit their facility, boaters and the environment.