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Clean marinas in Michigan increase by nearly 20 percent in 2018

The Michigan Clean Marina Program has certified 64 facilities across the state, increasing by nearly 20 percent in the first half of this year.

“All marinas in Michigan should be a certified Clean Marina,” said Nicki Polan, executive director of the Michigan Boating Industries Association, in a statement. “It is not difficult and there are both financial and environmental gains that come with this effort.”

Added Michael Bishop of Irish Boat Shop in Harbor Springs, Mich., at a Clean Marina workshop earlier this year, “If you’re not a Clean Marina, what are you?”

Becoming a certified Michigan Clean Marina requires a marina to use environmentally sound practices, protect local wildlife and increase the overall water quality across the state.

The Clean Marina program says it has listened to feedback from current certified marina and pledges going through the certification process by creating Live Classroom sessions. By attending a live classroom event, marinas can complete the process in one day, have a chance to meet with a site specialist and schedule a site visit. According to MBIA, nearly 100 percent of attendees scheduled a visit with a site specialist. A total of 20 marinas were represented at the three live classroom workshops so program officials hope to have more certified marinas in 2018 so it can meet its goal of 100 Certified Clean Marinas in Michigan.

“Those in attendance appreciated the live workshops and the peer monitoring it facilitated and the camaraderie that evolved amongst competitors in many locations,” said Greg Klang, lead specialist for the program. “It also raised awareness of the CMP program and the unified recognition of its value.”

Boaters can play a role by doing business at a Certified Clean Marina. The program is a partnership between the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Sea Grant and MBIA. For details go to www.michigancleanmarina.org.

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