Two Anne Arundel County marinas earnedMaryland Clean Marinaawards after passing a voluntary evaluation and inspection by theMaryland Department of Natural Resources.

Horn Point Harbor in Annapolis and Pleasure Cove Marina in Pasadena both met thecriteria checklist, bringing the total number ofMaryland Clean Marinas and Partnersto 152.

In Anne Arundel County, 48 of the estimated 165 marinas are certified clean marinas.

Department staff and a manager of another certified clean marina evaluate each potential boatyard or marina on areas such as boat maintenance and repair, emergency preparedness, petroleum control and stormwater management. To pass, the marina must score between 70 and 85 percent in each area of thechecklistby implementing practices from theMaryland Clean Marina Guidebook. Marinas are re-inspected every three years to ensure continued compliance.

TheMaryland Clean Marina Initiativewas developed in 1998 by a committee of academics, boating industry groups and organizations, boatyard and marina operators, and local and state governments with the goal of reducing nonpoint source pollution from marine facilities and recreational boats statewide. To learn more about the program or to seek certification, please visithttp://dnr.maryland.gov/boating/pages/cleanmarina.

Via the Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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