The Michigan Clean Marina Program had the pleasure of announcing six Michigan facilities that have been certified as “Michigan Clean Marinas” effective June 18, 2009. They are Algonac Harbour Club in Algonac; Lac La Belle State Harbor in Lac La Belle; Copper Harbor State Dock in Copper Harbor; Eagle Harbor State Dock in Eagle Harbor; Cedar River State Harbor in Cedar River; and Torresen Marine in Muskegon. With the additions of these six marinas, a total of 30 Michigan marinas have obtained this prestigious certification.
The clean marina certification begins with a pledge to participate in the program, followed by workshops where the marina management and staff receive a handbook, overview of the designation process and a review of best management practices. The facilities then conduct self-evaluations of their environmental practices to determine their strengths and weaknesses. After implementing improvements and reaching a level of competencies, the marina requests a visitation by a CMP consultant to evaluate the facility’s environmental stewardship. When the facility reaches established goals, they receive their designation.
“We are pleased that more Michigan marinas and harbors are working toward clean marina certification and thirty have already achieved this recognition,” said Van W. Snider, Jr., CAE, President of Michigan Boating Industries Association. “We are also encouraged that more boaters are becoming aware of the program and are searching out these facilities as places they want to utilize.” The Clean Marina designation is applicable for a three-year period at which time the facility must be re-designated.
The Michigan Clean Marina Program is a joint program between the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan Boating Industries Association. For more details on the program and to see which facilities are designated Michigan Clean Marinas, go to http://miseagrant.umich.edu/cmp/. For a full list of Michigan Clean Marinas visit www.mbia.org.
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