Maryland's Clean Marina Initiative
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources' exciting Clean Marina
Initiative offers marina and boatyard operators, and recreational boaters the opportunity to participate in efforts to protect Maryland's
The Maryland Clean Marina Initiative recognizes and promotes marinas, boatyards and yacht clubs of any size that meet legal requirements and voluntarily adopt pollution prevention practices. DNR has certified nearly 25 percent of Maryland’s estimated 600 marinas as Clean Marinas or Clean Marina Partners and we aim to continue increasing this number moving forward.
Boaters are encouraged to patronize certified Clean Marinas and to adopt clean boating habits. The collective effort of individuals and businesses will improve the quality of Maryland's waters from Deep Creek Lake, to the Chesapeake Bay, to the coastal bays!
Resources For Marine Facilities
- Help with the General Permit for Discharges From Marinas
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Steps to Becoming a Clean Marina
- "Clean Marina Partner" Designation for Small Facilities
- Maryland Clean Marina Guidebook - Offers "best management practices" and explanations of laws and regulations. Marine facilities in Maryland can request a hard copy of this or any item.
- Maryland Clean Marina Pledge - The first step towards certification. Sign up today!
- Maryland Clean Marina Award Checklist - A tool for both self evaluation and for Clean Marina Program staff to evaluate facilities for the Clean Marina Award.
- Templates for commonly needed plans at marinas and boatyards
- Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan assistance
- Archives of printed Maryland Clean Marinas Underway, Newsletter 1999-2007
- Clean Marina Programs in Other States
- Guidelines for Use of the Maryland Clean Marina Logo
Resources for Boaters
- Maryland Clean Boater Pledge Program
- Choose Certified Clean Marinas from this list and support their efforts! Like all businesses, marinas and boatyards respond to demands of their customers.
- Clean Boating Tips - Recommendations on fueling, sewage handling, maintenance, cleaning, and more!
- The Importance of Pump-out Stations
- Pump-out Station Locations in Maryland
- Chesapeake Bay Safety and Environmental Hotline 877-224-7229 - Call this number to report problems on State waters.
Resources for Professional Divers
- Background and Studies on Impacts of Underwater Hull Cleaning
- Best Practices for Underwater Hull Cleaning by Divers in Maryland
- Recyclers for Sacrificial Anodes/Zincs
- The Maryland Clean Diver Pledge
Sign this Pledge to demonstrate your commitment to using best practices when working in Maryland waters.
Resources for Boating Instructors
"Clean Boating Lesson Plan" - Short PowerPoint Presentations that fit easily into other classes. Help instruct boaters on Clean Boating Habits!
Chesapeake Bay Hotline
Call 1-877-224-7229to 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