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DNR Offers Workshops For Marinas And Boatyards

Annapolis, Md. (December 7, 2011) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Boating Services will host three Clean Marina workshops for marina and boatyard operators in January 2012. DNR encourages all marine facilities, including certified Clean Marinas, to attend this free event.

“Participants will learn how to; comply with regulation changes and the new General Discharge Permit, become a certified Clean Marina and successfully apply for pumpout grants,” said Donna Morrow, program chief of boating services. “Vendors of industrial wash water treatment systems will also be on-hand to share product information.”

DNR will provide complimentary copies of the Maryland Clean Marina Guidebook, Award Checklists, pumpout grant applications and educational materials for boaters at the workshops. The Guidebook outlines best management practices in areas such as vessel maintenance, fuel handling, sewage handling and stormwater management.

Facilities of any size can be certified as a Clean Marina, including community associations and yacht clubs. In addition to helping reduce pollution and protect waterways, Clean Marinas often enjoy discounted insurance rates, reduced clean up costs and improved relations within their community. Clean Marinas undergo a site visit to verify Award criteria and are then re-certified every three years. There are currently 144 certified Clean Marinas in Maryland, equating to approximately 24 percent of all marinas in the State. To view the list, visit dnr.state.md.us/boating/cleanmarina/cleanmarinas.asp.

Choose a Workshop:

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • January 11: Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore County
  • January 24: Hyatt River Marsh Hotel, Cambridge
  • January 26: Annapolis Recreation Center, Annapolis

The Department requests advanced registration, as space is limited. To register: email dmorrow@dnr.state.md.us, include “Clean Marina Workshop” in the subject line, indicate which workshop you wish to attend, and provide the names of the attendees. Workshops are contingent upon at least six facilities pre-registering.

For more information visit dnr.state.md.us/boating/cleanmarina/ or contact Donna Morrow at dmorrow@dnr.state.md.us or 410-260-8773.


   December 7, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million 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 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. 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