The Clean Marina Washington program, created in 2005 as an expansion of the EnviroStars program, helps boaters and marinas leave a healthy wake. Through this incentive-based certification program marinas assess their operations and make improvements to better protect the environment. When they reach the qualification standards set by the Clean Marina program they earn the right to fly the Clean Marina flag. As of January 2020, there were 81 certified Clean Marinas in Washington.
This year, one local business solidified its commitment to the environment as the fall salmon began to return.
Today, the Washington State Department of Ecology established Puget Sound as an official No Discharge Zone under federal and state rules. This rule prohibits ships and boats from discharging raw or partially treated sewage across 2,300 square miles of marine waters as well as contiguous waters around Lake Washington and Lake Union. Gray water from on-board sinks, showers and other non-toilet uses is not restricted by this rule.
Clean Marina Washington announces the publication of Pollution Prevention for Washington State Marinas. This 72-page, full-color, interactive handbook provides a comprehensive guide for marina managers and staff to reduce water pollution from their facilities. A team of experts from agencies including Department of Ecology, Department of Natural Resources, Washington State Parks and organizations including Puget Soundkeeper, Washington SeaGrant, Northwest Marine Trade Association and the EnviroStars Cooperative worked… Read more Clean Marina Washington releases new handbook for reducing water pollution