Maryland recognizes 10 more ‘clean' marinas

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Annual ceremony brings state’s total to 130 in program trade group helped launch in 1997

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley recognized 10 newly certified Clean Marinas with Governor’s Citations during the state’s annual clean marina ceremony.

“The voluntary efforts of clean marina owners and managers to reduce pollution and help protect our rivers and the Chesapeake Bay are truly commendable,” O’Malley said in a statement. “The bay-friendly operations offered by each of these local businesses exemplify the role we all play to preserving this natural treasure. Action is needed across the state to ensure healthy water and land, and these marinas are to be commended for doing their part.”

Marinas are certified by the state’s Department of Natural Resources as a Maryland Clean Marina after they adopt recommendations in the Maryland Clean Marina Guidebook and pass a site inspection by DNR and industry representatives.

The Aug. 6 ceremony, held at Clark’s Landing Shady Oaks Marina in West River, was timed to coordinate with National Marina Day on Aug. 9.

Clark’s Landing showcased some of the best management practices implemented to become a clean marina, according to the DNR. These included oil-filter recycling; an emergency spill response kit; a sewage pump-out station; a waste management plan for chemicals and native plantings.

“The Clean Marina Initiative is a great sustainable business effort that benefits the health of our environment, waterways and local business,” said Jeff Truesdale, managing partner at Clark’s Landing, in a statement. “We are honored that all of Clark’s Landing waterfront facilities in Maryland are certified clean marinas. Each of our employees are specially trained to encourage our boaters to use clean boating practices.”

“Our livelihood — boating — depends on a healthy Chesapeake Bay,” said Bob Brandon, owner of Tidewater Yacht Service Center in Baltimore City, in a statement. “We have to do all that we can to preserve the bay to ensure continued quality boating experiences for today and tomorrow. From the beginning construction of our facility, we strived to build an environmentally friendly boating center.”

Tidewater incorporates many green building features and operations including a living green roof, environmentally friendly products for sale and a special water drainage system in the parking lot to prevent runoff from polluting the bay.

Since its establishment in 1997, the Maryland Clean Marina Initiative has certified 130 marinas. The initiative, in partnership with the Marine Trades Association of Maryland, promotes voluntary adoption of pollution prevention measures.

The 10 who joined state of Maryland’s Clean Marina club
The following Maryland marinas and boatyards received Governor’s Citations in a National Marina Day ceremony Aug. 9:

• Anchor Yacht Basin, Edgewater

• Atlantic Marina, Pasadena

• Baltimore Marine Center, Baltimore City

• Buzz’s Marina, Ridge

• Cedar Hill Marina, Bivalve

• Chesapeake Yacht Club, Shady Side

• Clark’s Landing , West River

• Clark’s Landing Shady Side, Shady Side

• Riverside Marine, Baltimore

• Tidewater Yacht Service Center, Baltimore City

This article originally appeared in the September 2008 issue.

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