WMA certifies four clean marinas

STURGEON BAY, Wis. — The Wisconsin Clean Marina Program recently certified Port Washington Marina, Skipperbud’s Harbor Club Marina, Skipperbud’s Quaterdeck Marina in Sturgeon Bay, and Nestegg Marine in Marinette as its first four Clean Marinas.

The certification process includes adopting up to 100 Best Management Practices depending on the type of facility, ranging from docks only to full service with fueling, storage, repair, and maintenance capabilities.

The Wisconsin Marina Association received a $50,825 grant in July 2010 to launch and administer the certification process with training and technical assistance from the UW Sea Grant Institute and the UW Extension Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center.

Jon Kukuk, owner and operator of Nestegg Marine of Marinette and chair of the WMA, stated in a recent release from the organization: “The state’s waterways will see improved quality and habitat protection, and participating marinas will receive support to utilize best management practices and help cut operating costs through reducing waste disposal, conserving water and attracting customers who appreciate patronizing an environmentally friendly operation.”

The announcement of the certified Clean Marinas also honored Wisconsin Coastal
Awareness Month, celebrated each September in acknowledgement of the economic impact the marine industry brings to Wisconsin.

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