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Clean Marina Programs Beyond Maryland

Clean Marina certification has caught on! Boaters can now find certified Clean Marinas throughout the mid-Atlantic region and around the country.

Using the Maryland program as a model, Virginia, Delaware, the District of Columbia (along with the National Park Service), and New Jersey have developed similar Clean Marina certification programs. Certification indicates that a Clean Marina has met its regulatory requirements (which can be quite extensive) and voluntarily adopted a significant portion of recommended "best management practices" from their State's Clean Marina Guidebook.

Clean Marinas do not have to adopt 100% of the “best management practices” but rather a significant amount which may vary slightly in each state. In some cases, Clean Marina programs are organized across states or water bodies, to best serve a particular region. Boaters are encouraged to use certified Clean Marinas in their travels knowing they are clean, professional, and environmentally responsible businesses.

To learn more about efforts in the mid-Atlantic and around the country visit: http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/initiatives/links.html#2

Chesapeake Bay Hotline

Call 1-877-224-7229

to report any of the following

  • Boating accident or reckless activity
  • Fish kill or algal bloom
  • Floating debris that poses a hazard to navigation
  • Illegal fishing activity
  • Public sewer leak or overflow
  • Oil or hazardous material spill
  • Critical area or wetlands violation
  • Suspicious or unusual activity