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April 9, 2014

DNR Certifies Three New Clean Marinas in Cecil County

by kking

Sassafras Harbor, Bohemia Vista, and Hack’s Point are the latest Clean Marinas certified by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The facilities earned the awards for their work to prevent pollution and meet regulations for more sustainable operations. 

Sassafras Harbor Marina is a full service site located in Georgetown along the Sassafras River. The facility offers boat service and repair, yacht sales, more than 200 slips (some covered), in-slip pumpout systems, as well as a pool, activity center, and a fully-stocked marine store and gift shop. To gain Clean Marina status, Sassafras Harbor began using filter fabric and vacuum sanders in the repair yard, recycling used oil and educating slip holders on pollution prevention.

Bohemia Vista and Hack’s Point marinas, both situated along the Bohemia River, are under new ownership and are being managed by Coastal Properties. Along with dockage and marine pumpouts at both locations, Bohemia Vista features a pool and boater’s lounge, and Hack’s Point has a boat ramp for trailered boats. To become Maryland Clean Marinas they established new environmental rules, created emergency plans and added educational signage. Bohemia Vista is also installing new floating docks and a wash water recycling system in time for spring. 

“The new Clean Marinas are great participants,” said Program Manager Donna Morrow. “They have embraced the ideas of the program by not only managing their own activities but by reaching out to teach their customers about clean boating practices too.”

There are now 154 Maryland Clean Marina certified facilities statewide, all of which 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 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.

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