A Message from the Secretary

October 2016

Belton_October2016.pngThis month typically marks the end of the boating season in Maryland. With decreasing daylight and lower temperatures, cruising on the Chesapeake Bay just doesn’t generate the same warm feelings on a cold and wet autumn day.

While you are winterizing your boat and  preparing for next season, I just wanted to say how proud I am of Maryland’s boating community – over 180,000 strong – for their continued commitment to enhance, protect and restore Maryland’s waterways.

In fact, over the last two months the department has been able to certify three new Maryland Clean Marinas across the state.

As you may know, the Maryland Clean Marina Program was developed in 1997 to encourage maritime and nautical businesses to engage in environmentally responsible practices, especially surrounding vessel maintenance and repair, waste containment and disposal, petroleum control, and sewage handling.

 Harbor East Marina, Baltimore MD

To date, we certified over 150 clean marinas around the state. Our three newest are: Harbour Cove Marina in Deale (Anne Arundel County), Harbor East Marina in Baltimore and Hances Point Yacht Club in North East (Cecil County).

Clean Marina MapWhile these three facilities are quite different from one another, they all have voluntarily adopted clean marina practices and passed inspections to ensure they meet state standards.

The department is proud to welcome these marinas to the program and we encourage other boatyards, marinas and yacht clubs to take the pledge.

Bon Voyage!

DNR Secretary Belton's Signature

Mark Belton

Natural Resources Secretary