DNR Certifies New Clean Marina in Baltimore County
The Crescent Yacht Club in Essex is the latest Clean Marina certified by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The facility earned the award for its work to prevent pollution and meet regulations for more sustainable operations.
“We are proud to join the other facilities in Baltimore County that have earned the Maryland Clean Marina Award,” said past Commodore Lee Dregier. “When you see that logo, you know it’s a facility that cares about the water. Our members and Commodore are glad to be on board with this program.”
The yacht club has worked to prevent illegal discharges by educating boaters on the associated regulations and environmental effects. To further protect water quality, the business recycles oil and aluminum cans, maintains on-site spill-response equipment, and limits runoff by directing rainwater to lawns.
“At facilities without a fuel dock or a boatyard like this one, the clean marina criteria are focused on educating customers on properly handling the waste on site, and emergency planning,” said Program Manager Donna Morrow.
There are now 151 Maryland Clean Marina certified facilities statewide. The businesses have voluntarily adopted a significant portion of recommendations from the Maryland Clean Marina Guidebook and passed a rigorous site inspection. DNR re-inspects the facilities every three years.
DNR oversees the Clean Marina Initiative, a voluntary program that promotes and celebrates the 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.state.md.us/boating/cleanmarina.