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The Ohio Clean Marinas Program

The Ohio Clean Marinas program is a proactive partnership designed to encourage marinas and boaters to use simple, innovative solutions to keep Ohio's coastal and inland waterway resources clean. The program assists these operators in protecting the resources that provide their livelihood — clean water and fresh air.

The basic goal of the program is environmental stewardship - making marinas and boaters more aware of environmental laws, rules and jurisdictions, and encouraging marinas to follow best management practices and receive Clean Marinas certification.

In 2015, the program was expanded from an initial focus on marinas in the Lake Erie area to statewide. There are currently 78 marinas that have been certified as Ohio Clean Marinas, with an additional 47 committed to beginning the process to meet the program’s certification standards.

The Ohio Clean Marinas program also promotes environmentally friendly habits for the recreational boating community. In 2017, the Ohio Clean Marinas program partnered with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to produce a series of videos outlining and promoting clean boating tips. The videos are available at go.osu.edu/CleanMarinasYouTube.

Ohio EPA is excited to be part of the Clean Marina partnership and is a participant on the group’s advisory board through our Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP). OCAPP is a free, confidential resource available to help marinas comply with environmental regulations such as storm water requirements and waste management processes from maintenance operations. OCAPP’s services were highlighted in a session of the annual Ohio Clean Marinas program conference and awards ceremony in Sandusky on Feb. 21, 2018. 

More information about the Clean Marinas program is available at ohioseagrant.osu.edu/clean