Columbus, OH Marinas, boaters, and other stakeholders from around the country are invited to learn about best management practices for managing stormwater during the Clean Marina Webinar on March 12, 2013, from 12:00 — 1:30 p.m. EST. This is the fourth webinar in a series of workshops led by Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin Sea Grant programs as part of the Green Marina Education and Outreach project, an effort to support Clean Marina programs in the Great Lakes region.
Attending the webinar is free, but you must pre-register by March 11. To register, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu/events/?eventID=483. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with login information. Contact Christina Dierkes at email@example.com with any questions.
Stormwater runoff can pick up pollutants such as petroleum products, litter, pet wastes, and residues of chemicals from industrial activities. All of these pollutants are carried with the runoff into surface waters where they can adversely impact water quality. Stormwater can severely degrade receiving water bodies, accelerate erosion, increase the volume and frequency of flooding, and destroy plants, animal life, and habitat.
Attendees will learn about the potential environmental impacts of stormwater, state requirements and online resources for Great Lakes marinas and boatyards, best practices for managing stormwater, and examples of stormwater treatment options.
Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions via a live chat after the presentation.
Clean Marina programs are part of a national initiative to engage marinas and boatyards in voluntary management practices that improve water quality reduce environmental risk to people and aquatic life, and protect the water resources that sustain the boating industry.
The Green Marina Education and Outreach project is a strategic collaboration between Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin Sea Grant programs to support Clean Marina education and outreach efforts across the Great Lakes states. This project is supported by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Learn more at miseagrant.umich.edu/greenmarina.
Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant Program is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 32 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For more information, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu.
Christina Dierkes, Ohio Sea Grant, 614-292-8913, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Ariganello, Michigan Sea Grant, 734-615-0400, email@example.com