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What is a Clean Marina?

A Wisconsin Clean Marina is a marina or boatyard that has voluntarily adopted measures that reduce pollution and protect Wisconsin's water resources. To become a certified Clean Marina, facilities must pass an onsite inspection by the Wisconsin Clean Marina Technical Team which verifies adoption of all required practices. Examples of good management practices include preventing and cleaning up fuel spills, reducing hazardous waste generation, proper chemical storage and disposal, recycling waste, managing stormwater, and improving vessel maintenance practices.

The Wisconsin Clean Marina Program provides guidance, training and education that help marina and boatyard operators improve their management practices. A Clean Marina Guidebook and other educational materials are available on this website. Marinas and boatyards are invited to participate in the program and demonstrate their commitment to environmental stewardship.

Why become a certified Clean Marina?

The maintenance, operation, and storage of recreational vessels have the potential to release pollutants to lakes and rivers. Marinas and boatyards that minimize pollution are protecting the resources that sustain their livelihood—clean water, clean air, and healthy fish and wildlife communities. The Wisconsin Clean Marina Program promotes and celebrates certified facilities with free publicity and statewide recognition as environmentally responsible businesses.

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Participating marinas and boatyards benefit in many ways, including cost savings from reduced hazardous waste disposal, fewer pollutant clean-ups, lower insurance rates and lower water and energy bills. By improving compliance with environmental regulations, you lessen the potential for violations and fines. Your facility will be a safer, healthier place for your employees, contractors, and patrons. Moreover, designated Clean Marinas may attract new customers who prefer patronizing an environmentally friendly operation. "Green" consumers are one of the fastest growing market segments today.

NEW! Watch a short video about the program and hear from marina owners and managers why they chose to become certified Clean Marinas.

Introduction to the Clean Marina Program - Video
Best Practices for Clean Marinas and Boatyards - Video
Pressure Wash Water Management for Marinas and Boatyards - Video

These Clean Marinas were pictured at the November 2017 Wisconsin Marine Association Conference and Clean Marina training, along with Clean Marina staff and coordinators.

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There are twenty-one Wisconsin certified Clean Marinas! Owners and managers of these businesses recognize that a cleaner environment is important to their boating clientele, their livelihood, and Wisconsin's coastal communities.

For a full list of Wisconsin's Clean Marinas, please click here.

Steps to Becoming a Clean Marina

  1. Sign a Clean Marina Pledge and Attend a Workshop
  2. Conduct a Marina Self-Evaluation Using the Clean Marina Checklist and Best Practices Guidebook
  3. Schedule a Conference Call or Informal Site Visit
  4. Incorporate Recommended Best Management Practices
  5. Submit Compiled Checklist for Team Review
  6. Schedule Final Site Visit
  7. Receive Wisconsin Clean Marina Certification (valid for 5 years)
  8. Once Approved, Maintain Clean Marina Status (Re-affirmation form due after 3 years)

Once you have pledged, please download the Site Visit Preparation Document for instructions on the next steps in the process and additional information you will need for certification.

For more information on these steps and for additional guidance, please refer to the Guidebook or contact Victoria Harris, the Wisconsin Clean Marina Program Coordinator, 920-366-3971, harrisv@uwgb.edu.

News and Events

Egg Harbor Marina and Southport Marina earn Clean Marina re-certification

Egg Harbor Marina and Southport Marina received Clean Marina re-certification at the WMA conference and Clean Marina Training in Wausau November 14 and 15 in Wausau. Lucienne Van De Pas, on hand to receive the certificate for Egg Harbor at the conference, is pictured with Michelle Shrider, WMA president.

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Wisconsin Clean Marina named "Champion of Conservation"

Clean marina conservation hero award

The Wisconsin Clean Marina Program, part of the Wisconsin Marine Association, has been named the 2017 organization Champion of Conservation by the Lake Michigan Stakeholders. The Clean Marina Program was honored at the annual Lake Michigan Champions of Conservation awards at Lake Michigan Day on August 11, 2017 at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc. Dennis Cherney, WMA board member, Jon Kukuk, WMA co-chair, and Vicky Harris, Clean Marina Coordinator were on hand to accept the award.

The Program provides guidance, training and education to marinas who have voluntarily adopted measures to reduce pollution and protect Wisconsin’s water resources. There are 21 Wisconsin certified Clean Marinas, and another 14 are “pledged” and completing the training and inspection process.

The Wisconsin Clean Marina Program has certified members on Lake Superior and inland lakes in Wisconsin as well as Lake Michigan.

Clean Marina Workshop Presentations (Click here for a listing of workshops and presentations)

Wisconsin Clean Marina Best Management Practices Guidebook

The online guidebook was last updated in 2012 and includes regulations and best management practices in effect at that time. We cannot guarantee that all links and regulations are current, but we do attempt to update the online guidebook as changes are provided to us.

Online Classroom for Marina Owners, Managers and Staff

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An online course for marina owners and operators interested in pursuing Clean Marina certification. The Clean Marina Classroom focuses on best management practices for marina managers and operators to protect water quality. This self-paced course includes checklists, educational units and a review of relevant laws and regulations that address pollution prevention. Completing the Classroom is a key part in becoming certified.

Clean Marina Webinar Presentations (Links to off-site pages)

Click here to access more presentations from the Great Lakes Clean Marina Network

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The Clean Marina Program is administered by the Wisconsin Marine Association with support from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and technical assistance from the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute. Additional partners include the University of Wisconsin-Extension, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources-Office of Great Lakes, and the US Coast Guard. Development of the Wisconsin Clean Marina Program was funded by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act, Grant #NA08NOS4190431.

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