Toledo Beach Marina certified as a MI Clean Marina
Monday, April 3, 2017
Toledo Beach Marina certified as a Michigan Clean Marina
The Michigan Clean Marina Program is pleased to announce another Michigan marina has been named as a Certified Clean Marina. Toledo Beach Marina, LaSalle. Toledo Beach Marina has been certified for a three-year term through 2020. Fifty- one Michigan marinas have obtained and are maintaining this prestigious certification.
The Clean Marina Program was initiated to preserve and protect, through voluntary efforts, Michigan’s greatest resource, the Great Lakes and its connecting waterways. The certification process begins with a pledge to participate in the program, followed by an online course with an overview of the designation process and a review of best management practices. The facilities then conduct self-evaluations of their environmental practices to determine their strengths and weaknesses. After implementing improvements and reaching a level of competencies, the marina requests a visitation by a CMP consultant to evaluate the facility’s environmental stewardship. When the facility reaches established goals, they receive their designation.
“We welcome Toledo Beach Marina to the Clean Marina Program” said Nicki Polan, executive director of the Michigan Boating Industries Association. “More boaters are becoming aware of the program and are searching out these certified facilities as places they want to patronize.” The Clean Marina designation is applicable for a three-year period, at which time the facility must be re-certify.
MBIA encourages all marinas to seek out this certification. “It is not difficult, and there are both financial and environmental gains that come with this effort,” said Polan. Currently Michigan has 51 Clean Marinas.
The Michigan Clean Marina Program is a partner program between the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan Boating Industries Association. For more details on the program and to see which facilities are designated Michigan Clean Marinas, go to: http://miseagrant.umich.edu/cmp/. For more information on the Clean Marina Program and the Michigan Boating Industries Association, visit www.mbia.org.