Maryland honors top clean marinas

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is honoring four businesses with Clean Marina of the Year awards for 2012, based on their size and services.

The winners are:

Small marina: Paradise Marina, Deale

Small boatyard: Rockhold Creek Marina, Deale

Large marina: Baltimore Marine Center Lighthouse Point, Baltimore

Large boatyard: Tidewater Yacht Service Center, Baltimore

“These are model businesses and leaders in their field. In addition to having attained the Clean Marina Award, they are clearly recognized by their customers and fellow citizens for their efforts to protect our waterways,” Department of Natural Resources secretary John Griffin said in a statement.

Boaters, marina owners and watershed associations made nominations and the department’s Clean Marina Program chose the winners, based on demonstrated excellence in the overall cleanliness of their facilities, the environmental services they offer and their work in communicating and enforcing clean marina rules and practices.

The department will honor the winners on Jan. 23 at a Clean Marina Workshop at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center in Annapolis. This is the second year for the Maryland Clean Marina of the Year contest. Herrington Harbour, in Deale, won for 2011.

The state’s clean marina initiative recognizes and promotes marinas, boatyards and yacht clubs that meet legal requirements and voluntarily adopt pollution prevention practices. The department has certified nearly 25 percent of Maryland’s estimated 600 marinas as Clean Marinas or Clean Marina Partners.

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