Michigan Clean Marina Program
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 40 marinas have been awarded certification. Since the program began in 2005, 30 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.” —Dave Williams, Walstrom Marine patron
Achieving Clean Marina Status
In order to receive 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
Complete Clean Marina Training Online
Marina owners and operators have a resource they can access 24/7 to assist in the certification process: The Clean Marina Classroom. This self-paced, online course includes details on recommended and mandatory practices of the Clean Marina Program. It includes photos and videos of best practices, nine units and a review of relevant laws and regulations. Most marina operators complete the course within a few weeks.
“This program allows marina operators to go through the Clean Marina certification process with easy-to-understand instructions and examples. With the best practice videos and photos, it walks you through the most important parts of the program – from stormwater management and petroleum control to marina management. I recommend this course to any marina operator who wants to become certified as a Michigan Clean Marina.” —Eric Foster, General Partner of Belle Maer Harbor