Lorain, OH Nine Lake Erie marinas will officially become Ohio’s first Clean Marinas in a dedication ceremony at Spitzers Lakeside Marina, Lorain, Ohio on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. Beaver Park North, Beaver Park Marina, Cedar Point Marina, Edgewater Yacht Club, Marina Del Isle, Middle Bass Island Yacht Club, Sandusky Yacht Club, Spitzer HarborWalk & Rack Storage, and Spitzer Lakeside Marina have voluntarily met pollution control standards set by program’s main administors, Ohio Sea Grant, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), and the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association. Spitzer Lakeside Marina will also receive the honor of being the first marina to be certified as an Ohio Clean Marina.
"This is a significant accomplishment in the efforts to protect and improve water quality of Lake Erie, one of Ohio’s most important natural resources," said Gary L. Comer, Jr., Ohio Clean Marinas Program Coordinator and Ohio Sea Grant Extension Educator. "For this reason, we would like to honor these marinas and their efforts to voluntarily adopt measures to control pollution associated with marina operations."
Launched in 2004 with grant funding provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and administered through Ohio Sea Grant and ODNR’s Office of Coastal Management, Ohio Clean Marinas Program is a proactive partnership designed to encourage marinas and boaters to use simple, innovative solutions to keep Ohio’s coastal and inland waterways clean. The primary goal of the program is to promote environmental stewardship by encouraging marinas and boaters to adopt a series of best management practices that protect the Lake Erie ecosystem.
Certified Clean Marinas will receive official signs and flags bearing the Ohio Clean Marina logo to post at their marinas. "When boaters see the Clean Marinas flag flying at their marina, they can be assured that their marinas are doing their part to keep Lake Erie clean," said Comer.
For More Information
More on the Ohio Clean Marinas Program, visit the Internet web site at www.ohiocleanmarina.osu.edu.