Southport Marina is Latest to be Certified a
Clean Marina in North Carolina

February 20, 2010 – Southport, North Carolina (NC) - The Southport Marina in Southport, N.C. is the latest facility to be certified as a North Carolina Clean Marina. The Clean Marina program is designed to show that marina operators can help safeguard the environment by using management and operations techniques that go above and beyond regulatory requirements. To earn the certification, the marina’s owners have prepared Spill Prevention Plans, Safety and Emergency Planning and strongly control boat maintenance activities to protect water quality.

Clean Marina is a voluntary program that began in the summer of 2000. Marina operators who choose to participate must complete an evaluation form about their use of specific best management practices.

If a marina meets criteria developed by the Division of Coastal Management, it will be designated as a Clean Marina. Such marinas are eligible to fly the Clean Marina flag and use the logo in their advertising. The flags signal to boaters that a marina cares about the cleanliness of area waterways.

Clean Marina is a nationwide program developed by the National Marine Environmental Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to clean up waterways for better recreational boating. The foundation encourages states to adapt Clean Marina principles to fit their own needs.

The N.C. Clean Marina program is a partnership between N.C. Boating Industry Services, the N.C. Marine Trade Association, the Division of Coastal Management, the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program, N.C. Sea Grant, the U.S. Power Squadron, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and N.C. Big Sweep.

For information about the program, contact Mike Lopazanski at 252-808-2808.

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