BAYFIELD, Wis. — Mayor Ralph Brzezinski of Washburn and Mayor Larry MacDonald of Bayfield announced the newly certified Clean Marinas at a press conference at a Clean Marina Workshop at Pike Bay Marina in Bayfield, Wis.
Wisconsin now has 17 Clean Marinas since the certification program began in July 2010. The newly certified marinas are: Pikes Bay Marina (Bayfield), Bayfield City Docks, Washburn Marina, South Bay Marina (Green Bay), McKinley Marina (Milwaukee) and St. Croix Marina (Hudson).
These marinas join 11 other certified marinas in Wisconsin including: The Abbey Marina (Fontana), Gaslight Pointe Marina (Racine), Lakeshore Towers Marina (Racine), Manitowoc Marina, Nestegg Marine (Marinette), Port Washington Marina, Racine Yacht Club and SkipperBud’s Harbor Club and Quarterdeck Marinas (Sturgeon Bay), Harbor Centre Marina (Sheboygan) and Reefpoint Marina (Racine).
Many Wisconsin marinas have taken steps to voluntarily adopt practices to become certified and adopt up to 100 “best management practices” depending of the type of facility, ranging from docks only to full service businesses with fueling, storage and repair and maintenance capabilities. The marinas have typically improved 10-25 practices such as procedures for preventing and cleaning up gas spills, installing better hazardous waste containment, boat bottom washing filter systems, managing storm water and improving vessel maintenance practices.
The program is sponsored by the Wisconsin Marina Association