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Marinas rely on clean waters to keep their businesses thriving. Boaters do not want to swim, fish, ski, or even float in polluted waters and if boaters don’t boat, marinas don’t have customers.
With this in mind, marinas need to be leaders in keeping the waters and shorelines clean.
Learning and using Best Management Practices (BMPs) is a marina operators’ best defense against pollution, and is preferable to seeing new required regulations aimed at curbing pollution.
This thinking was the impetus for individual states to start voluntary Clean Marina programs. There is no mandate for participation, but marinas that get Clean Marina certifications find they benefit not just from a cleaner, better-run facility, but also from being recognized as environmental stewards by their customers, visitors, and even regulatory agencies.
In turn, the marina industry as a whole benefits by broadening the perception that a marina is not a polluting menace but rather a valuable asset to the community in which it sits.
The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) strongly supports Clean Marina and encourages all marinas in states with Clean Marina programs to get certified.
AMI believes most marinas meet nearly all the requirements of the Clean Marina program and, where they don’t, the Clean Marina program will educate them about the latest regulatory requirements and the newest products and processes to combat pollution. Clean Marina is a way for marina operators to learn, without fear, of the fines or penalties that exist for not being in compliance.
AMI has compiled the common Best Management Practices found in Clean Marina programs across the country, to be used by marinas in states without programs and by marinas that just want to see what being a Clean Marina involves before committing to certification.
For specific information on your state’s program, visit https://coast.noaa.gov/, which has links to participating state programs.