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September 18, 2013

DNR Certifies New Clean Marinas in Baltimore and Dorchester Counties

by Martha
Hyatt River Marsh Marina

Hyatt River Marsh Marina

The Baltimore Boating Center in Essex and the Hyatt River Marsh Marina in Cambridge are the newest Maryland Clean Marinas certified by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The facilities earned their awards after taking the necessary steps to prevent pollution and meet regulations that result in more sustainable operations. 

“We are really proud to have earned the Clean Marina Award,” said Baltimore Boating Center Co-owner Jim High. “When we took over the place seven years ago, it was not what you’d call a ‘clean marina.’ But we had a goal to make it the best it could be and we’ve worked hard to make it as nice as it is today.”

“We have a different business model here because we are part of the resort. Nonetheless, we knew River Marsh had the potential to be a Clean Marina, and we’re proud to have pursued and earned this certification,” said Hyatt River Marsh Marina Manager John Harper.

Both facilities took new steps to educate their customers on eco-friendly boating practices, recycle as many items as possible, and carry all the necessary fuel-spill containment products.

“It’s amazing to see how two totally different places ─ a resort hotel marina and working boatyard ─ can both fit into the Clean Marina Program,” said Program Manger Donna Morrow. “We are glad to work with all types of facilities, large or small.”

There is now a total of 152 Maryland Clean Marina certified facilities statewide ─ 128 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.

DNR oversees the Clean Marina Initiative, a voluntary program that promotes and celebrates efforts of any-sized marina, boatyard or yacht club 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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