Michigan Certifies More Clean Marinas

The Michigan Clean Marina Program has certified six Michigan marinas as Clean Marinas. They are Grand Isle Marina in Grand Haven; Great Lakes Marina in Muskegon; South Haven Northside Marina in South Haven; South Haven Black River Park in South Haven; South Haven Southside Marina in South Haven; and Onekama Marine, Inc. in Onekama. They have been certified for a three-year term through 2021. Additionally, five marinas have been re-certified as Michigan Clean Marinas; they are Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in Grosse Pointe Shores; Windjammer Marina in Oden; Walstrom Marine in Harrison Twp.; Sundog Marina in Harrison Twp., and Belle Maer Harbor in Harrison Twp. They have been re-certified for another five-year-term through 2023.

To date, 64 Michigan marinas have obtained and are maintaining Clean Marina certification. The Clean Marina program was initiated to preserve and protect, through voluntary efforts, Michigan’s Great Lakes and connecting waterways. The Michigan Clean Marina program is a partner program between the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan Boating Industries Association.

A recent survey by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources found that nearly 60 percent of boaters would prefer to go to a certified Clean Marina over a non-certified. The average survey respondent were males in the age range of 55 to 64 years old with household incomes of $100k plus. The most popular boats amongst respondents were fishing boats, cruisers, and kayak/canoes/stand-ups.