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Annapolis, Md. (December 7, 2011) — The Department of Natural Resources () Boating Services will host three Clean Marina for marina and boatyard operators in January 2012. encourages all marine facilities, including certified Clean Marinas, to attend this free event.

“Participants will learn how to; comply with regulation changes and the new General Discharge Permit, become a certified Clean Marina and successfully apply for grants,” said Donna Morrow, program chief of boating services. “Vendors of industrial wash will also be on-hand to share product information.”

DNR will provide complimentary copies of the Maryland Clean , Award Checklists, pumpout grant applications and educational materials for boaters at the workshops. The Guidebook outlines best management practices in areas such as , fuel handling, sewage handling and management.

Facilities of any size can be certified as a Clean Marina, including community associations and yacht clubs. In addition to helping reduce pollution and protect waterways, Clean Marinas often enjoy discounted insurance rates, reduced clean up costs and improved relations within their community. Clean Marinas undergo a site visit to verify Award criteria and are then re-certified every three years. There are currently 144 certified Clean Marinas in Maryland, equating to approximately 24 percent of all marinas in the State. To view the list, visit dnr.state.md.us/boating/cleanmarina/cleanmarinas.asp.

Choose a Workshop:

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • January 11: Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore County
  • January 24: Hyatt River Marsh Hotel, Cambridge
  • January 26: Annapolis Recreation Center, Annapolis

The Department requests advanced registration, as space is limited. To register: email [email protected], include “Clean Marina Workshop” in the subject line, indicate which workshop you wish to attend, and provide the names of the attendees. Workshops are contingent upon at least six facilities pre-registering.

For more information visit dnr.state.md.us/boating/cleanmarina/ or contact Donna Morrow at [email protected] or 410-260-8773.

   December 7, 2011

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