COLUMBUS Thirteen marinas achieved base, gold or platinum certification status as Ohio Clean Marinas within the past year. Since its inception in 2003, the Ohio Clean Marinas Program has worked with state, federal and local agencies, marina owners and marine trades industry associations to achieve a balance between environmental sustainability and economic stability for the marina industry in Ohio. There are currently 79 certified Ohio Clean Marinas, and a recently launched tiered certification program enables marinas to demonstrate further environmental stewardship by achieving a gold or platinum status. A complete list of Ohio Clean Marinas can be found at go.osu.edu/GLCleanMarinasMap. The 2018 recognized marinas are:
- Bay Point Marina, Marblehead (Platinum)
- Caesar Creek State Park Marina (Platinum)
- City of Sandusky Paper District Marina, Sandusky (Gold)
- Geneva State Park Marina, Geneva (Gold)
- Holiday Harbor Marina, Huron (Gold)
- Huron Lagoons Marina, Huron (Gold)
- Huron Yacht Club, Huron (Gold)
- Ashtabula Yacht Club, Ashtabula
- Fairport Harbor Rod & Reel Association, Fairport Harbor
- Forest City Yacht Club, Cleveland
- Son Rise Marina, Sandusky
- South Shore Yacht Supply, Eastlake
The Ohio Clean Marinas Program is a partnership initiative between Ohio Sea Grant and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) through the department’s Division of Parks and Watercraft and the Office of Coastal Management. The program supports marinas across Ohio by providing education and technical assistance on environmental topics and promoting a voluntary, incentive-based certification program to recognize those marinas that go above and beyond environmental regulations.
The 13 certified and recertified marinas were presented awards in front of their industry peers at the annual Ohio Marina Conference held in February at the Catawba Island Club in Port Clinton, Ohio. The conference provides technical assistance and professional development on current topics of interest to marinas throughout the state. Topics this year included: fisheries updates, electric shock drowning, ecological considerations at marinas, federal and state legislative boating updates, lake levels, energy efficiency, shrink-wrap recycling and derelict vessel procedures.
About 85 marina industry representatives attended the day-long event. A post-conference survey indicated that 100 percent of attendees would attend the conference again. Additionally, all attendees responded that they intend to use what they learned in future decision making and that it will help them keep their marina business going or advance their professional careers, and most intend to share what they learned with others. The Ohio Marina Conference will be held again in early 2020.
The Ohio Clean Marinas Program is a partnership between Ohio Sea Grant and ODNR, which started in 2005, to recognize marinas that choose to adopt best management practices to improve the environmental, educational and economic aspects of their operations. Financial assistance for the program is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce through the Ohio Coastal Management Program, administered by the ODNR Office of Coastal Management. Additional funding is provided by the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft and Ohio Sea Grant. To learn more about the Ohio Clean Marinas Program, see ohioseagrant.osu.edu/clean.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.