Why Certify?

Benefits of Michigan Clean Marina Certification

This summary includes tangible, business-savvy reasons to participate in the Michigan Clean Marina Program, including technical assistance, financial incentives, promotional products and materials, and improving the overall image of your marina within your community.

Technical Assistance

  • Available for support. Trained Certification Specialists and program coordinators are available to support and guide you through training and completing certification requirements.
  • Standard checklist for all marinas. Marina specialists conduct all site visits, using a standard checklist to help ensure your facility is in compliance with environmental regulations and addresses best management practices.
  • Organizational tool. MCMP provides a template binder to store certification materials. Tabs in the binder are matched to sections of the Certification Checklist.

Financial Incentives

  • Access to exclusive discounts. Certified Clean Marinas gain access to discounts on green cleaning supplies, trash bags, advertising services, pressure cleaning, bilge absorbent materials, and more. A 10% credit on liability insurance provides an average savings of $1,500 per year for a marina. Inclusion on and distribution of this list does not indicate endorsement of these businesses. For the current list of discounts, see: Michigan Clean Marina Discounts.
  • Reduce waste disposal costs. The best management practices will reduce the amount of waste produced, reducing disposal fees.
  • Generate new sources of revenue. Studies have shown that Clean Marinas can charge slightly higher slip fees and have fewer vacancies.
  • Reduce legal liabilities. By becoming a Certified Clean Marina, marinas can ensure they are meeting regulatory requirements, thus reducing or eliminating the incidence of any fines.
  • Access to credits. Certified Clean Marinas may be eligible for a 10 percent underwriting credit on liability insurance, in addition to many other benefits.

Clean Marina Program Welcome Kit ContentsPromotional Products and Offerings

  • Get free publicity. Recognition in press releases, newsletters, and boating guides. Each certified facility is highlighted in the Michigan Boating Industries Association’s publications, including the Michigan Boating Annual Directory. Also, the Michigan Clean Marina Program website, includes links to certified marina websites, a map and GPS coordinates to locate each facility. We also make announcements on social media channels.
  • An official certificate. Upon certification, receive a frame-worthy certificate and the Michigan Clean Marina logo for your letterhead, website and advertising efforts.
  • Fly the flag. Michigan Clean Marina flag (available from MBIA once certified) for display at your facility.
  • Outreach tools. This includes fact sheets, templates, posters and more, including tips on how to talk to media, a press release template, “10 Reasons to be Proud You Boat at a Certified Clean Marina” poster and an advertisement template. You also have access to educational materials about boat maintenance, petroleum control, vessel sewage, and waste containment and disposal.
  • Welcome kit. New Clean Marinas will receive a kit with items mentioned above. See:  Welcome Kit Contents (PDF)

If you represent a certified Clean Marina and have not yet taken advantage of these promotional resources, please contact cmpcourse@umich.edu to gain access to these materials and tips on how to promote your certification status.

Positive Image in the Community

  • Improve water quality and habitat for fish and wildlife. The marine and boating industry depends on clean waters and a healthy coastal environment for their continued success.
  • Attract knowledgeable customers. Clean Marinas are aesthetically pleasing facilities that can attract responsible clientele that will follow good boating practices.

10 Steps To Certification

Step 1 Contact a Michigan Clean Marina representative.

Step 2 Pledge as a Clean Marina and register for certification.

Step 3a (Pledged marinas): Attend a Clean Marina workshop.

Step 3b (Certified marinas): Complete marina self-assessment.

Step 4 (All marinas): Submit certification checklist and schedule a site visit.

Step 5 Incorporate recommendations from site visit.

Step 6 Submit final documents for review.

Step 7 Receive certification approval.

Step 8 Schedule final site visit to receive Clean Marina flag and welcome kit.

Step 9 Celebrate and promote Clean Marina status!

Step 10 Recertify at third year anniversary, then every five years.