MARINA OPERATORS STEPPING UP TO PROTECT NEW JERSEY'S WATERS
(10/P106) TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection and New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium have added 11 marinas to the state's Clean Marina program. The number of these facilities certified as using best management practices to protect New Jersey's marine resources now stands at 40.
"Launched just five years ago, the Clean Marina program is an environmental success story," DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said. "The program now reaches into virtually every corner of the state, from the Atlantic Highlands to Cape May, and is a great example of a public-private partnership that fosters environmental stewardship. I strongly urge all operators of marinas, yacht clubs and other boating facilities across the state to learn about the program and to begin working toward the same goal of protecting our coastal resources."
The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium's Michael Danko commended the marina operators for their commitment to protecting the health of New Jersey's water.
"These marinas have really gone above and beyond the call of duty to earn the Clean Marina designation," said Danko, the consortium's Marine Recreation Extension Agent for Fishing and Boating. "We're urging boaters throughout the state to be good stewards of New Jersey's marine and coastal environments by patronizing marinas that have taken steps to protect this invaluable resource."
The DEP's Office of Coastal Management and Watershed Restoration and the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, an affiliation of academic and other groups formed to advance solutions to issues affecting the coast, have teamed up since 2005 to spur marinas to adopt programs to protect the environment. Each marina is evaluated for launching any of a number of voluntary best management practices it undertakes to protect the environment.
These practices may include installation of systems to collect water used in washing, recycling shrink wrap used in boat storage, developing environmental emergency response plans, posting signs to educate marina users about environmental protection, implementing training for proper fueling, and taking steps to prevent oil, antifreeze and other fluids from fouling the water
Certified marinas as well as marinas working toward certification become eligible to participate for grants to help them achieve their best management practice objectives. The grants are made possible by a partnership between the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and the New Jersey Department of Transportation's IBOAT NJ program.
The newly added certified Clean Marinas are: Cardinal Yacht Sales, Somers Point; Garden State Yacht Sales, Point Pleasant Beach; Good Luck Point Marina, Bayville; Harborview Club and Marina, Beach Haven; Hagler's Marina, Long Beach Island; Leamings Marina, Waretown; Lockwood Boat Works, South Amboy; New Liberty Landing Marina, Jersey City; Pier 47 Marina, Wildwood; Spring Garden Marina, Millville; and Twin Lights Marina, Highlands.
Another 40 operators have pledged to work toward this designation.
Many marinas participating in the program have learned that doing the right things for the environment also helped them generate income through the sales of oil-spill prevention kits and cleanup products to boat operators. Many marina owners also find that implementing a more comprehensive recycling program saves money compared to traditional disposal.
Each marina receives a pennant and special seal indicating its certification in the program.
For more information about the Program and to see the entire list of New Jersey's Clean Marinas, visit www.njcleanmarina.org.