Clean Marina Program

Boats in a West Michigan harborThe DNR Parks and Recreation Division participates in the Michigan Clean Marina Program. All staffed, state-operated marinas now participate in operational practices that will help to protect and safeguard one of Michigan's most important natural resources, the Great Lakes.

Through proper facility management, per the program's guidelines, these state marinas influence and control the amount of toxic agents, oil, gasoline and sediment runoff that could negatively impact the state's waters.

Facility management practices that impact the environment are: boat sewage disposal, use of pump-outs and dump stations, boating litter and fish waste disposal, fueling bilge care, boat repair and maintenance, engine servicing, hull cleaning and painting and other facility practices. Best management practices can usually be implemented with minimal costs. Budget development and an employee education program focusing on pollution prevention techniques are some extra efforts that can be key to a successful program.

For a list of participating harbors, please visit the Michigan Clean Marina Program website.