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February 11, 2013

DNR Certifies New Clean Marina in Baltimore County

by Martha

Stoney Creek Bridge Marina, a popular family-run facility in Baltimore is now a certified Maryland Clean Marina.

“Doing the Clean Marina program really wasn’t too hard,” said manager Chuck Miller. “Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ staff told me what we needed to do and I took care of it in a couple of months.”

The boatyard was already using dustless sanders and recycling used oil and antifreeze. However, to meet award criteria, the team improved their fuel-spill response equipment, posted emergency contact information, and stepped-up their outreach efforts to educate costumers on the importance of preventing pollution.

“Mr. Miller took the initiative to make his goal of creating more sustainable facility a reality,” said Program Coordinator Donna Morrow. “This is something any marina can do.”

This is the 124th certified Maryland Clean Marina. There are a total of 148 certified facilities in the State, including 24 smaller Clean Marina partners. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) oversees the Clean Marina Initiative, a voluntary program that promotes and celebrates efforts of marinas, boatyards and yacht clubs to reduce their pollution.

Each of the 148 certified facilities has adopted a significant portion of recommendations in the Maryland Clean Marina Guidebook and passed a rigorous site inspection. Certifications are good for three years, at which time DNR staff re-inspect the marinas. Marinas and boatyards of any size can participate.

More information and free program materials are available by calling 410-260-8773 or visiting dnr.maryland.gov/boating/cleanmarina.

 

 

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