New Maryland Clean Marina in Baltimore
Department of Natural Resources Certifies Harbor East in the Inner Harbor
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has certified Harbor East Marina in Baltimore as the latest Maryland Clean Marina. The facility earned the recognition after adopting best management practices from the Maryland Clean Marina Guidebook, meeting all environmental and regulatory requirements, and passing a site inspection.
“It is fantastic to have a certified clean marina in a densely-populated area such as Baltimore,” Clean Marina Program Director Donna Morrow said. “Every new clean marina that comes on board has the potential to reach hundreds if not thousands of boaters through their daily interactions with citizens and tourists alike. The department stands ready to partner with any marina interested in mitigating and reducing their environmental impact on our waters.”
Harbor East Marina is a 184-slip facility located in the Inner Harbor. The facility, which boasts 500-feet of alongside dockage and ample amenities for annual, seasonal and transient guests, has been operated by Harbor East since 1992, with Oasis Marinas providing management services since 2015. With its floating docks, newly-appointed boater lounge, pumpout station, party pad and location adjacent to the city’s best restaurants and retail shops, the marina is a popular destination with boaters looking to enjoy the heart of the city.
“The Maryland Clean Marina program is a win-win for the Harbor East Marina and our guests,” Director of Marina Operations Eric Bradley said. “We are committed to doing everything we can to enhance, protect and restore the Inner Harbor and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.”
In addition to its commitment to run a clean marina, Harbor East plans to participate in the Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership, a collaborative effort to restore the state’s oyster population. As part of the program, oyster gardens will be installed at the marina, where baby oysters will be planted and protected.
There are now over 150 clean marinas statewide. These facilities have voluntarily adopted department recommendations and passed a required site inspection. Each clean marina is re-certified every three years to ensure they comply with all applicable regulations.