The Grosse Pointe Shores Harbor was one of five facilities in the state to be re-certified as a Michigan Clean Marina.
Grosse Pointe Shores Harbor is one of 42 marinas that have obtained the designation, and will be certified through 2018.
“We are proud of the five marinas being re-certified as Certified Clean Marinas and for their continuation of following best practices,” said Nicki Polan, executive director of the Michigan Boating Industries Association, in a release. “More boaters are becoming aware of the program and are searching out these facilities as places they want to patronize.”
The clean marina program was started to preserve and protect the Great Lakes, and its waterways, according to a release.
The voluntary certification process begins with a pledge to participate in the program, followed by an online course with an overview of the designation process and a review of best management practices, according to the Michigan Boating Industries Association.
The facilities then conduct self-evaluations of their environmental practices to determine their strengths and weaknesses. After implementing improvements and reaching a level of competencies, the marina requests a visitation by a CMP consultant to evaluate the facility’s environmental stewardship. When the facility reaches established goals, they receive their designation.
The Michigan Clean Marina Program is a joint program between the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan Boating Industries Association.