Six facilities have been added to the list of Certified Clean Marinas in the Michigan Clean Marina Program. They are Grand Isle Marina in Grand Haven, Great Lakes Marina in Muskegon, Onekama Marine, Inc., in Onekama and South Haven Northside Marina, South Haven Southside Marina and South Haven Black River Park in South Haven and they have been certified for three years through 2021.
Additionally, five marinas have been re-certified as clean marinas. They are Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in Grosse Pointe Shores, Windjammer Marina in Oden and Walstrom Marine, Sundog Marina and Belle Maer Harbor in Harrison Township. They have been re-certified for a five-year term through 2023. A total of 64 marinas in Michigan are now certified.
“We welcome all six newly certified marinas to the Clean Marina Program, and we commend Grosse Point Yacht Club, Windjammer Marina, Walstrom Marine, Sundog Marina and Belle Maer Harbor for being re-certified as Michigan Clean Marinas for their continuation of following best practices,” said Nicki Polian, executive director of the Michigan Boating Industries Association, in a statement. “More boaters are becoming aware of the program and are searching out these facilities as places they want to patronize.” The Clean Marina designation is applicable for a three-year period, at which time the facility must be re-certified.”
The Clean Marina Program was initiated to preserve and protect the Great Lakes and its connecting waterways. The certification process begins with a pledge to participate in the program followed by a course with an overview of the designation process and a review of best-management practices. The facilities then conduct self-evaluations of their environmental practices. After implementing improvements, the marina requests a visit by a CMP consultant to evaluate the facility’s environmental stewardship.
Nearly 60 percent of boaters surveyed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said they would prefer to go to a certified clean marina.