Eight D.C. facilities receive Clean Marina awards

WASHINGTON – The District of Columbia, National Park Service and the district’s Clean Marina Committee have named the first eight marinas and yacht clubs to receive its Clean Marina award, the Marine Environmental Education Foundation said in a press release Saturday.

The Clean Marina award recipients are: Capital Yacht Club, Columbia Island Marina, Eastern Power Boat Club, James Creek Marina, The Gangplank Marina, Thompson Boat Club, Washington Marina Company and Washington Yacht Club. The eight will be recognized during the 2006 National Clean Boating Campaign June 17.

Each boating facility voluntarily meets a series of clean marina guidelines that exceed minimum Federal and district clean water law requirements.

The district also announced four marinas and clubs are well into the award application process. They are Anacostia Marina, Buzzards Point Marina, District Yacht Club and Seafarer’s Yacht Club

“The eight marinas and clubs receiving the Clean Marina award represent 62 percent of the boating facilities in the District,” said Larry Innis, MEEF chairman. “When the next four join, 92 percent of the marinas and clubs will be Clean Marina certified. No other state or region of the nation comes close to that record. We look forward to Washington, DC achieving 100 percent participation over the next two years. Of the twenty-three Clean Marina programs in the nation, Washington, DC has become a true national leader for percent participation.”

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