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November 21, 2013

DNR Seeking Top Clean Marina of 2013

by Martha

Nomination deadline January 3

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is calling on marina customers, staff, marine contractors and the general public to help them choose the Clean Marina of the Year for 2013.

Now in its third year, the annual contest recognizes Maryland Clean Marinas that excel in their efforts to run a clean facility. Nominations will be grouped into four categories based on marina size and services provided. Submissions are being accepted now through January 3, 2014.

Winner(s) will be chosen by the Clean Marina Program based on demonstrated excellence in:

  • Overall cleanliness of the facility (indoors and outdoors);
  • Environmental services offered (recycling liquid and/or solid waste, pump-outs, vacuum sanders, pet waste pick-up bags, absorbent pads at the fuel dock, etc.); and
  • Communicating and enforcing clean marina practices and goals to customers and contractors through rules, signs and services.

To nominate a Clean Marina for the award, citizens must send an email to Donna Morrow at dmorrow@dnr.state.md.us explaining in 500 words or less how the candidate excels in the areas outlined above. For complete contest rules and a current list of Maryland Clean Marinas, visit dnr.state.md.us/boating/cleanmarina/pdfs/cleanmarina_contest.pdf.

DNR launched the first Clean Marina Program in the United States in 1998 and to date has certified 152 facilities as Clean Marinas or Clean Marina Partners. The contest was created to celebrate the outstanding work of these small businesses to protect the State’s natural resources and comply with complex regulations.

DNR is currently accepting contributions, in keeping with the environmental ethics and goals of the Clean Marina Program, as prizes for the contest winners. Businesses interested in donating should contact Morrow at dmorrow@dnr.state.md.us or 410-260-8773.

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