Thursday, May 27, 2010

Clean Marinas

A new resource just out: Wisconsin Sea Grant has partnered with the newly formed Wisconsin Marina Association to create a Clean Marina Program for Wisconsin. Participating marinas can reduce waste disposal costs, receive free technical assistance and attract more customers who appreciate patronizing an environmentally friendly operation.

It involves voluntary participation by the state’s 300 marinas that vow to employ pollution-prevention practices such as washing boats on land with non-polluting cleaners, minimizing use of and recycling hazardous materials, and being prepared for petroleum spills. Marinas and boatyards that go above and beyond the existing state and federal environmental regulations may become certified and promoted by the WMA as “clean marinas.”

Visit the Clean Marine web site to learn more. The full text of Wisconsin Clean Marina Best Management Practices Guidebook 2010 is included.