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Clean Marinas

Boat Clean Bear StickerThe Oregon Clean Marina program is a voluntary program administered by the Oregon State Marine Board, helping marinas, boatyards, yacht clubs, and floating home moorages protect and improve local water quality by promoting the use of environmentally sensitive practices at marinas. The program provides the tools, education, supplies, and consultation to earn Certification and recognition as an Oregon Clean Marina, signifying a marina's commitment to a cleaner marine environment to help protect Oregon's waterways.

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 cleanliness of Oregon waterways. 

The program also provides information to marine facility managers on how to eliminate or reduce the input of polluting materials – such as oil, paint, cleaning chemicals, sewage, fish waste, and trash – into the environment.

There are 62 certified Clean Marinas out of approximately 175 public and private marinas in the state.  There is no charge to get certified. 

Additional standards were added in 2021 for re-certification as a Clean Marina: compliance with Oregon’s boat registration requirements, seaworthiness of boats moored at the docks, and insurance coverage for the salvage and clean-up of abandoned and derelict vessels (ADVs).

Clean Marina Re-Certifications

Every boating season,  participating facilities receive re-certification site visits every three years.  These ensure that each facility is still meeting the standards of the program.  During these visits If deficiencies are found, they are addressed and program supplies are delivered if needed.  The following facilities were re-certified during 2021:

  • Port of Alsea
  • City of Depoe Bay Harbor
  • Port of Siuslaw
  • Rivers Bend Marina
  • Multnomah Channel Yacht Club
  • Portland Yacht Club
  • Rose City Yacht Club
  • Columbia Point Yacht Club
  • Channel Island Marina
  • River Place Marina
  • Port of Hood River
  • Port of Cascade Locks
  • Cove Palisades Resort

Marina Spot-Checks

A spot-check practice was introduced in 2017, to assist participating marinas between scheduled visits.  Therefore, as staff travels the state, they perform short unannounced site evaluations of certified facilities along the travel route.  This ensures that Clean Marinas are maintaining its facilities in alignment with program standards, and also allows staff to provide needed program materials.

Certified Clean Marina

Welcome to the Clean Marina Family!

Eugene Yacht Club – located on Fern Ridge Reservoir 

McCuddy’s Big Oak Marina – located in Scappoose on the Multnomah Channel 

Salpare Bay Marina – located in Portland on Hayden Island along the Columbia River

Gold Anchor Award Program 

Last year it was announced that a new annual award would be given out to the facility that either scored the highest on their re-certification site visit or went above and beyond with their efforts to protect the environment. The group eligible for this award are the facilities that completed their re-certifications during the previous year's field season (2021 for this cycle).

This year's award goes to the City of Depoe Bay and their management of the Depoe Bay Harbor Marina. Roy Hildenbrand is the marina Harbormaster and has gone through several re-certifications with Marine Board staff. This facility is considered a medium-sized marina, with 83 moorage slips and multiple side-tie locations. There is also an adjacent boat ramp facility with a city park and recycling containers for both garbage and used fishing lines. Last year the city staff relocated their fish cleaning table at the marina to be away from the water's edge and discontinued the direct discharge of fish waste into the harbor. Now, this wastewater is sent to the city's sewer system for treatment. They also offer a collection tank for used oil that has the required spill containment area, a well-kept fuel dispensing system, and reported high use of the small plastic No-Spill Jug during fueling operations. The boat sewage pumpout station has always been found to be in good working condition and this facility scored a perfect 100% on the newly implemented ADV prevention management practices! All boats were up to date with valid registration stickers and no derelict boats were found!

Congratulations City of Depoe Bay and keep up the great work Roy!

Award recipients are presented with a framed certificate signed by the agency Director.