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Welcome, Ohio Clean Boaters

Ohio Clean Boater Program, Welcome

The Ohio Clean Boater Program is a proactive partnership designed to encourage marinas and boaters to use simple, innovative solutions to keep Ohio’s coastal and inland waterway resources clean. The Program assists these operators in protecting the resources that provide their livelihood – clean water and fresh air. The basic goal of the Program is environmental stewardship by making marinas and boaters more aware of environmental laws, rules and jurisdictions, and to get as many boaters as possible to follow best boater practices and to be designated as “Clean Boaters.”

The support and patronage of boaters is crucial to the success of the Ohio Clean Marinas Program. A grant has been received from the Lake Erie Protection Fund, Ohio Lake Erie Commission, to develop the clean boater program as a component of the Clean Marinas Program.

The Ohio Sea Grant College Program is developing the Ohio Clean Marinas Program in partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Soil and Water Conservation (Ohio Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program), Office of Coastal Management (Ohio Coastal Management Program), and Division of Watercraft; Ohio Department of Health; Ohio Environmental Protection Agency; Ohio Department of Commerce, State Fire Marshall Division; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, Greater Cleveland Boating Association, local health departments, local fire marshals, and marina and yacht club owners and managers.

The Ohio Clean Marinas Program is being developed with financial assistance provided by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, administered by the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the ODNR — Office of Coastal Management and Division of Soil and Water Conservation to Ohio Sea Grant.

Contact Information

Sarah Orlando, Extension Educator
Ohio Sea Grant College Program
105 West Shoreline Drive
Sandusky, OH 44870