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Six Newly Certified Clean Marinas Recognized at Ninth Annual Clean Marina Ceremony
ANNAPOLIS, MD – On Wednesday, August 8, 2007, Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary John R. Griffin presented Governor’s Citations to six marinas at the 9th Annual Clean Marina Awards Ceremony aboard the Lady Pintail II at the Annapolis City Marina.
“Your commitment to our natural resources is evidenced by your actions. Your efforts demonstrate that that environmental responsibility is good business, because healthy waterways are good for business,” said Secretary John R. Griffin.
“We’re proud to have helped develop the Clean Marina Award criteria, so we know they are reasonable, and effective. We’d love to see even more marinas and boatyards get involved in this initiative that their peers helped create.” said Marine Trades Association President, Jay Dayton.
Since its establishment in 1997, the Maryland Clean Marina Initiative has certified 119 marinas. The initiative, coordinated in partnership with the Marine Trades Association of Maryland, promotes voluntary adoption of pollution prevention measures and seeks to certify at least 25 percent (roughly 150 marinas) of Maryland’s marinas. Marinas are certified by DNR as “Maryland Clean Marinas” after they adopt recommendations in the Maryland Clean Marina Guidebook and pass a site inspection by DNR and industry representatives.
The following six newly certified Clean Marinas received Governor’s Citations on Wednesday:
- Annapolis City Marina, Annapolis (Anne Arundel County)
- Third Street Marina, Annapolis (Anne Arundel County)
- Sunset Harbor Marina, Essex (Baltimore County)
- Choptank Marina, Preston (Caroline County)
- Point Lookout State Park Marina, Scotland (St. Mary’s County)
- Port of Salisbury Marina, Salisbury (Worcester County)
A tour of the Annapolis City Marina showcased some of the best management practices implemented to become a “Clean Marina” including: stormwater management in the parking garage, a spill response kit at the fuel dock, and a marine sewage pump-out station. Lady Pintail II, an Annapolis area charter vessel, is the first charter boat to participate in “Go Green!” a new program spearheaded by Nautical Destinations to minimize waste. “Go Green” charter vessel operators use recycled paper products, provide re-usable dishes and linens in lieu of disposable items, and make environmental education materials available to guests on board.
For more information about Maryland’s Clean Marina Initiative, visit www.dnr.maryland.gov/boating.
L-R DNR Secretary John Griffin with Wandy Sandy, Steve McCoy, Beth Obney, and Christy Bright from Point Lookout State Park. The park’s marina was certified as a Clean Marina resulting in 100% of DNR boating facilities now certified.
DNR Secretary John Griffin presents a Governor’s Citation to George Jamar and Sue Simmons, from Caroline County Parks and Recreation. The county operates Choptank Marina which was certified as a MD Clean Marina in November ’06.
DNR Secretary John Griffin congratulates Mark Subrizi (Port of Salisbury Marina) on their Clean Marina Certification.
DNR Secretary John Griffin and Marine Trades President Jay Dayton with the newly certified Clean Marina managers recognized August 8th: Back Row L-R Jeff Turken, Annapolis City Marina; John Becker, Sunset Harbor Marina;/ Mark Subrizi, Port of Salisbury; Wanda Sandy and Steve McCoy, Point Lookout State Park Marina; Front Row: JRG, George Jamar, Choptank Marina/CA County; Jay Dayton, President Marine Trades Assn. of MD.
August 9, 2007
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 449,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov