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Milestone Reached in Marine Board's Clean Marina Program
For Immediate Release -July 14, 2011
 
The Oregon State Marine Board’s Clean Marina Program reached a milestone on June 30, bringing the total number of Oregon Clean Marinas to 50. 
Newly certified Clean Marina’s include:
  • Detroit Lake Marina, certified on June 8,
  • Port of Garibaldi, certified on June 30 and;
  • Garibaldi Marina, certified June 30.
 
All three boating facilities meet the pollution prevention standards of the Oregon Clean Marina program and voluntarily adopt measures to control pollution associated with marina operations. The “Clean Marina” designation is a testament to these marinas’ efforts to do their part in keeping Oregon's waterways pollution-free.
 
The first Marina certified in the Clean Marina program was Rocky Point Marina, in Scappoose, in 2006.  In Oregon, there are approximately 200 eligible facilities for the Clean Marina Program.    
 
The Oregon Clean Marina program is a voluntary program working to protect and improve local water quality by promoting the usage of environmentally sensitive practices at marinas. The Clean Marina program recognizes marinas, boatyards, yacht clubs, and floating home moorages that establish and promote a cleaner marine environment in Oregon. “It would be so amazing to have every marina participate in the program,” says Rachel Bullene, Clean Marina Coordinator for the Marine Board.  “Being certified benefits the facility, the people who use the facility, and ultimately Oregon’s waterways for future recreation and commerce.”
 
If a facility is in compliance with existing environmental regulations and uses a high percentage of the recommended best management practices, it can be designated as an Oregon Clean Marina. Such certified marinas are authorized to fly the Clean Marina flag and use the logo in their advertising. The flag and logo are signals to boaters that a marina cares about the quality of Oregon’s waterways.
 
Being a part of program has other benefits.  The facility receives detailed information and tools to eliminate or reduce pollutants– such as oil, paint, cleaning chemicals, sewage, fish waste, and trash – from contaminating our waterways.
 
To learn more about the Oregon Clean Marina Program and the 50 certified Clean Marinas, visit http://www.boatoregon.com/OSMB/Clean/clean_marina.shtml.
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