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Maryland Reaches 111 Certified Clean Marinas
State closing in on goal of 150 certifications
ST. MICHAELS Ė Demonstrating their commitment to clean water and air, the Miles River Yacht Club has earned distinction as Marylandís 111th Certified Clean Marina and just the seventh private yacht club to earn this prestigious award. The Clean Marina designation indicates that Miles River Yacht Club, under direction of outgoing Commodore Gordon Miles, has satisfied the rigorous pollution prevention standards established by Marylandís Clean Marina Committee and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as part of the agencyís Clean Marina Initiative (CMI).
Each of the 111 Clean Marinas has implemented measures to control pollution associated with vessel maintenance and repair, petroleum storage and transfer, sewage disposal, solid, liquid and hazardous wastes, storm water runoff, and facilities management as applicable.
The goal of the Clean Marina Initiative is to certify 25 percent of Marylandís estimated 600 boating facilities as Clean Marinas or Clean Marina Partners and to prevent possible further federal regulation of the industry. Currently 18 percent are certified. Of the marinas that took the first step and signed a Clean Marina Pledge, 92 are now certified as Clean Marinas and 19 are certified as Clean Marina Partners (much smaller facilities such as public boat ramps). All marinas, boatyards, and yacht clubs are encouraged to participate.
November 7, 2005
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