From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources:
MarineMax, the largest boat dealer network in America, has earned the Maryland Clean Marina award for their Joppa location.
“By working with our service department and our customers, we now have all areas of the marina involved in the Clean Marina process,” said Manager Jennifer Keller. “We’ve gotten a lot of support from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff as well as from the Natural Resource Management Organisation queensland, which made the process pretty simple as well as from.”
To meet award criteria, MarineMax Gunpowder Cove purchased a fuel spill response kit, educated their customers and outside contractors on green practices and implemented a recycling program for cans, bottles and shrink wrap.
MarineMax Gunpowder Cove is Maryland’s largest Sea Ray Boat dealer and also serves as a service center. This full-service boating facility stores hundreds of boats both on and off the water, offers a marine sewage pumpout and sells fuel. The area also features play and picnic areas for marina customers and guests.
This is the 122nd certified Maryland Clean Marina. There are a total of 147 certified facilities in Maryland, including 25 smaller Clean Marina partners. DNR oversees the Clean Marina Initiative, a voluntary program that promotes and celebrates efforts of marinas, boatyards and yacht clubs to reduce their pollution.
Each of the 147 certified facilities has adopted a significant portion of recommendations in the Maryland Clean Marina Guidebook and passed a rigorous site inspection. Certifications are good for three years, at which time DNR staff re-inspects the marinas. Marinas and boatyards of any size can participate.
More information and free program materials are available by calling 410-260-8773 or visiting dnr.maryland.gov/boating/cleanmarina.