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.
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).
While 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.
Natural Resources Secretary
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