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DNR Certifies New Clean Marina In Anne Arundel County

Deale, Md. (May 13, 2011) -Paradise Marina on Rockhold Creek in Anne Arundel County is the newest certified Maryland Clean Marina. The marina joins 143 other facilities that have adopted a significant portion of recommendations from the Maryland Clean Marina Guidebook and passed a site inspection. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) oversees the Clean Marina Initiative, which is a voluntary program that promotes and celebrates efforts of marinas, boatyards and yacht clubs to reduce their pollution.

Owners John and Gail Hiser have made major improvements to this older marina, repairing the docks and bulkheads, adding a portable pump-out and spill response kit and building a sparkling new bath house.

“It’s like night and day, seeing what Mr. Hiser has done for this facility. It’s really a gem now,” said Donna Morrow, DNR’s Clean Marina Program coordinator. “Smaller facilities like this really should pursue the award—for them it’s more about management than expensive equipment or the like.”

The Hisers have invested heavily in new landscaping across the grounds to reduce storm water run off and beautify the site. They have also explained the new standards to slip holders in order to maintain a clean, safe facility.

“Coming from a construction background helped me as we improved the place,” said John Hiser. “The permits and regulations took a long time, but I was determined to make this a beautiful place to be. It really feels like ‘Paradise Marina’ when you visit now.”

Maryland Clean Marinas are re-inspected at least every three years to ensure they continue to meet award standards. Marinas, boatyards and yacht clubs of any size in Maryland are encouraged to participate in the program. Benefits include confidential compliance assistance, free promotion by DNR at regional boat shows, a free listing on the DNR website, use of the Clean Marina logo and—in many cases—discounts on marine insurance. More information and free program materials are available by calling 410-260-8773 or visiting

   May 13, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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