The Clean Marina Organization
What is the Clean Marina Organization?
According to the AMI (Association of Marine Industries):
Clean Marina is a voluntary compliance program that stresses environmental and managerial best management practices that exceed regulatory requirements. A facility must meet all legal regulatory requirements and a percentage of voluntary best management practices to become a certified Clean Marina. A typical Clean Marina program will have components that cover marina sighting and design considerations, marina management, emergency planning, petroleum control, sewage and gray water, waste containment and disposal, storm water management, habitat and species protection and boater education.
The Clean Marina Program is valuable because it is an effective tool in maintaining and promoting environmental responsibility; with the end result being cleaner water. The voluntary, non-regulatory nature of the program encourages participation and cooperation between marinas, the boating public and the regulatory agencies. Without the Clean Marina Program, states would be forced to further regulate the marinas, which would cost money and time in an already stressed economy.
The program is valuable to marina operators because it can help reduce waste disposal costs, generate new sources of revenue, and attract responsible customers that will respect and follow good boating practices.
From the Best Management Practice for Clean Marinas document provided by the AMI:
- Wash the boat hull above the waterline by hand. Do not use a pressure washer. Detergents and cleaning compounds used for washing boats should be phosphate-free and biodegradable and amounts used should be kept to a minimum.
- Sell environmentally sensitive cleaning products in your marina store.
- Discourage the use of traditional sudsing cleaners that must be rinsed off and discourage the use of detergents containing ammonia, sodium hypochlorite, chlorinated solvents, petroleum distillates or lye.
- Encourage the use of sponges or soft towels to clean the boat hull on a regular basis.
From the Best Management Practices on the Clean Marina of Washington web site regarding vessel cleaning:
- Scrub and rinse your boat often. A quick rinse after each outing reduces the need to scrub the top-side with harsh cleaners. If cleaners are used, no visible suds or discoloration of the water are permitted.
- Spot clean or use small amounts of phosphate-free and biodegradable soaps only when necessary. Otherwise, use alternatives such as baking soda or vinegar as all-purpose cleaners. Remember there is no legal discharge of any cleaner to our waters.