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June 3, 2014

DNR Certifies Two Clean Marinas in Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counties

by kking
Beautiful marina during sunset

Docked for Sunset by Adrian James Testa

Norman Creek in Middle River and Hidden Harbour in Deale are the latest facilities to be added to the growing list of Maryland Clean Marinas. The marinas earned the certifications for their work to prevent pollution and meet regulations for more sustainable operations. 

Norman Creek Marina updated all required fuel reports, installed a new spill-response kit, and developed emergency response plans.

“This was a valuable process for us,” said Norman Creek Manager Eric Bianchi. “We needed to do these things, but the Clean Marina program provided impetus and structure. We’re glad we completed it.”  

Hidden Harbour Marina, a working boatyard, underwent a major makeover when new owners Jim Weaver and Val Lynch purchased the property last winter. Once the grounds were clean and in order, General Manager Melissa Clark focused on paperwork, instituting new rules and contracts, and training employees to ensure all work was done in a safe, environmentally-responsible manner. Clark also worked to obtain a new oil recycling tank ─ enclosed and covered to prevent stormwater runoff ─ and utilized a grant from DNR to obtain a new pumpout machine. 

“We’ve really wanted this award and worked hard to comply with everything to get it,” said Weaver.  “We are proud to do our part to protect our creek and the Chesapeake.” 

There are now 156 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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