Toledo Beach Marina in LaSalle, Mich., was named a Certified Clean Marina.
The marina was certified for a three-year term through 2020. Fifty-one Michigan marinas have obtained and are maintaining the certification.
The Clean Marina Program was initiated to preserve and protect, through voluntary efforts, the Great Lakes and its connecting waterways.
The certification process begins with a pledge to participate in the program, followed by an online 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 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, it receives its designation.
“We welcome Toledo Beach Marina to the Clean Marina Program,” Michigan Boating Industries Association executive director Nicki Polan said in a statement. “More boaters are becoming aware of the program and are searching out these certified 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 recertify. The MBIA encourages all marinas to seek the certification.
“It is not difficult, and there are both financial and environmental gains that come with this effort,” Polan said.