Shared from the 6/19/2019 Sandusky Register eEdition

ERIE AND OTTAWA COUNTIES

Keeping it clean

Marinas recognized for protecting Lake Erie

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Register photos/ERIN CALDWELL

ABOVE and BELOW: Boats dock at Paper District Marina in Sandusky on Tuesday.

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Provided photo/LAKE ERIE TOWING

The Paper District Marina in Sandusky received an Ohio Clean Marinas gold recognition for best management practices.

SANDUSKY

The Clean Marina program continues to recognize local marinas that have employees who work hard to keep pollution out of Lake Erie.

Twelve marinas, including several in Erie and Ottawa counties, achieved base, gold or platinum certification in the past year.

The program began in 2003 to honor marinas choosing to become certified in carrying out good environmental practices.

The certified marinas follow practices such as making sure that sewage and fuel don’t run into the lake, teaching boaters how to avoid spreading invasive species into the lake and taking steps to reduce waste and encourage recycling. There are 79 certified Clean Marinas right now. Marinas that go the extra mile can achieve gold status, with platinum certification reserved for the very best. The 12 certified and re-certified marinas were presented awards in front of their industry peers at the annual Ohio Marina Conference in February at the Catawba Island Club near Port Clinton. The Clean Marina program is a partnership of Ohio Sea Grant and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Here are the marinas that achieved certification within the past year. Bold represent local marinas.

Newly certified

n Bay Point Marina, Marblehead (Platinum)

Re-certified

n Caesar Creek State Park Marina (Platinum) n City of Sandusky Paper District Marina, Sandusky (Gold) n Geneva State Park Marina, Geneva (Gold) n Holiday Harbor Marina, Huron (Gold) n Huron Lagoons Marina, Huron (Gold) n Huron Yacht Club, Huron (Gold) n Ashtabula Yacht Club, Ashtabula n Fairport Harbor Rod & Reel Association, Fairport Harbor n Forest City Yacht Club, Cleveland n Son Rise Marina, Sandusky n South Shore Yacht Supply, Eastlake More information on Ohio’s Clean Marina’s program is available at ohioseagrant.osu.edu/ clean. Boaters also can go to the website to learn about good practices.

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