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April 8, 2013

DNR Certifies New Clean Marina in Baltimore City

by Martha

Marks 150th Maryland Clean Marina

The Crescent Marina

The Crescent Marina

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) certified The Crescent Marina in Fells Point a Maryland Clean Marina, marking the 150th facility currently fulfilling the initiative’s cleaner, greener standards.

“We’re so proud to have earned the Clean Marina Award,” said Dockmaster Patricia Stansbury. “Even though we’re a small place, we want to run the marina in the best way we can, and help prevent pollution.”

Coastal Properties manages this and other Maryland Clean Marinas. With good management and resources, the facility already had well stocked spill response kits on each pier, rigid pollution prevention rules for customers and outside contractors, and recycling stations. To meet award criteria, The Crescent provided slip holders with information on sustainable boating practices and added a sign identifying the pump-out station.

“Baltimore is a place boaters come for fun. We’re glad they have another Clean Marina option in the harbor,” said Program Coordinator Donna Morrow. “The Crescent is a great example of even the smallest marina pitching in to do their part in protecting our waterways.”

There are a total of 150 Maryland Clean Marina certified facilities statewide ─ 126 marinas and 24 smaller partners. The businesses have adopted a significant portion of recommendations in the Maryland Clean Marina Guidebook and passed rigorous site inspections. DNR re-inspects the facilities every three years. Marinas and boatyards of any size may participate.

DNR oversees the Clean Marina Initiative, a voluntary program that promotes and celebrates efforts of marinas, boatyards and yacht clubs to reduce their pollution. More information and free program materials are available by calling 410-260-8773 or visiting dnr.maryland.gov/boating/cleanmarina.

 

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