DNR Hosts Workshops For Marinas And Boatyards

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The Maryland Clean Marina Initiative, in cooperation with the Marine Trades Association of Maryland, is hosting three informational roundtable meetings to introduce the program to marina, boatyard and yacht club operators. Participants will network with local Clean Marina operators and talk with Clean Marina Initiative staff. Participants will learn how other marinas and boatyards have solved environmental challenges, what the advantages of Clean Marina certification are, and how best to start the process.

The initiative will hold roundtables from 10a.m. to 12 p.m. at these locations:
# February 9 – Tidewater Marina, Havre de Grace
# February 11 – Oxford Community Center
# February 17 – Port Annapolis Marina

Free program materials (Clean Marina Guidebooks, templates) will be provided along with refreshments. A tour of the host facility (or one located nearby) will follow the roundtable discussion, weather permitting, to illustrate certain best management practices recommended by the Clean Marina Program.

Staff from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) will also be on hand to discuss the next edition of the General Permit for Discharges from Marinas. MDE is interested in learning more about current boatyard procedures to craft the new Permit and welcomes input from boatyard operators.

The Maryland Clean Marina Initiative was created in 1998 in response to ยง6217 of the Coastal Zone Reauthorization Act Amendments of 1990. The goal of the program remains to reduce non-point source pollution from marine facilities through the voluntary adoption of best management practices.

Facilities that adopt a significant portion of the recommendations in the Maryland Clean Marina Guidebook, and which comply with all applicable environmental regulations, are eligible for the Clean Marina Award. To earn the award, facilities must pass a site visit from DNR staff and the manager of another Clean Marina. Certifications are good for three years, at which time facilities must be re-certified.

Advanced registration is requested as space is limited. Marinas may register by sending an email to dmorrow@dnr.state.md.us and indicating which roundtable they wish to attend. The roundtables are for operators and staff of Maryland marine facilities and not for product demonstrations, solicitation, or similar purposes.

Space is limited and there is minimum needed of at least six marinas registered in advance. Roundtables may be rescheduled or cancelled due to inclement weather.

Information on the Maryland Clean Marina Initiative can be found at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/boating/cleanmarina/ or by contacting Ms. Donna Morrow at dmorrow@dnr.state.md.us or 410-260-8773.

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