Issue: November 2000
Cleaning (Boat) House

Twelve marinas earn distinction for cleaning up their acts.


    Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but how do you make a working boatyard or marina an environmentally spiffy place? With a lot of hard work and some help from the Maryland Clean Marina Initiative.

    Twelve marinas this summer were lauded with governor’s citations for achieving status as certified clean marinas. To make the A-list, a marina or boatyard must adopt a significant portion of an exhaustive, inch-thick guidebook that lays out the best and cleanest way to do things in a boatyard.

    Among the categories marina managers must address are how to design the facility to limit its impact on the environment (controlling erosion and minimizing the need for dredging, for example), how to manage storm water, developing environmentally sound ways to work on boats (such as using all dustless sanding equipment) and preventing oil and fuel spills.

    Ninety-five marinas and boatyards in the state have taken the pledge to keep trash and pollution from the water. But DNR has certified only 18 marinas with the top honor of being clean marinas. The 12 certified this summer are: Bert Jabin’s Yacht Yard in Annapolis, Crockett Brothers Boatyard in Oxford, Fort Washington Marina in Fort Washington, Herrington Harbour North in Tracys Landing, Locust Point Marina in Elkton, Magothy Marina in Severna Park, Mears Yacht Haven in Oxford, Ocean City Fishing Center in Ocean City, Osprey Point Marina in Rock Hall, Parkside Marina in Baltimore, Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield and Young’s Boat Yard in Edgemere.

    Boatowners can get in on the act to help their marinas clean up. For information, contact Donna Morrow at the Maryland Clean Marina Initiative at 410-260-8773 or visit