LIVONIA, Mich. – Twenty-seven Michigan marinas and harbors have signed pledges to participate in the state’s Clean Marina Program, the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) said in a press release yesterday.
The program, introduced at the Recreational Boating Educational Conference last December, is a partnership between the MBIA, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Michigan Sea Grants. The program’s objectives are:
To promote voluntary implementation of pollution prevention (P2) strategies, environmental risk reduction and fish and wildlife habitat enhancement in the context of good business practices.
To promote industry compliance with environmental laws and regulations impacting the marina industry through education and outreach.
To foster communication among the marina industry, state agencies, academic institutions and environmental groups.
To develop recognition and economic incentives for environmental proactive marina operations.
Marinas and harbors that have signed pledges include:
Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Gross Point Shores.
Belle Maer Harbor, Harrison Township.
Village of Port Sanilac, Port Sanilac.
Great Lakes Shores Marina, Standish.
New Buffalo Municipal Marina, New Buffalo.
Saint Clair Boat Harbor, St. Clair.
Whitehall Landing, Whitehall.
Port Elizabeth Marina and Yacht Club, Caseville.
Eldean Shipyard, Macatawa.
Eldean Yacht Basin, Macatawa.
Harbor Marina, Monroe.
South Haven Municipal Marina, South Haven.
Bay Breeze Yacht Charters, Traverse City.
Walstrom Maine, Harbor Springs.
Lost Peninsula Marina LLC, Erie.
Pier 33, St. Joseph.
MacRay Harbor, Harrison Township.
City of St. Ignace, St. Ignace.
Howe Marine, Indian River.
Drummond Island Yacht Harbor, Drummond Island.
Port Sanilac Marina, Port Sanilac.
Copper Harbor State Park, Cooper Harbor.
Eagle Harbor State Dock, Copper Harbor.
Lac LaBelle State Dock, Copper Harbor.
Luna Pier Harbour Club, Luna Pier.
Bridge Harbour Marina, Port Huron.
Emerald City Harbor, St. Clair Shores.
These facilities and others that pledge in advance ofscheduled marina workshops will go through training sessions that utilize the MI Clean Marina Handbook to guide operators on best management practices, MBIA said.
Workshops are scheduled to begin in August 2004. The first series of marinas to be designated as Michigan Clean Marinas are expected to be so designated in the fall of 2004.
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