The Michigan Clean Marina Program certified seven facilities in the state. They are Harbour Towne Marina Association in Muskegon, Elmwood Township Marina in Traverse City, Lake St. Clair Metropark Marina and Markley Marine in Harrison Township, Manitou Beach Marina in Manitou Beach, Silver Spray Sports in Fenton and Emerald City Harbor in St. Clair Shores.
The marinas have been certified for a three-year term through 2021. Also, Woodland Marina in Hartland was recertified for a five-year term through 2023. A total of 70 Michigan marinas have obtained and are maintaining the certification.
The Michigan Clean Marina Program was initiated to preserve and protect the Great Lakes and connecting waterways. The certification process starts 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 marinas then conduct self-evaluations of their practices and request a visit from a CMP consultant to evaluate the facility’s environmental stewardship.
“We welcome all seven newly certified marinas to the Clean Marina Program, and we commend Woodland Marina for being recertified as a Michigan Clean Marina and for their continuation of best practices,” said Nicki Polan, 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.”
MBIA encourages all marinas to seek certification. Nearly 60 percent of boaters surveyed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said they would prefer to go to a certified Clean Marina.