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Facilities in Calvert and Queen Anne’s Counties Meet Standards

News Release, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Photo of Kent Narrows Boatel
Boatel on Kent Narrows, Queen Anne’s County

Two facilities recently passed inspection by theMaryland Department of Natural Resources’ voluntaryClean Marinaprogram, earning the Maryland Clean Marina Award.Solomons Landing MarinaandKent Narrows Boatelmet theaward criteria, bringing the total number ofClean Marinas and Clean Marina Partnersto 147. This is roughly a quarter of the marinas in Maryland.

Department staff evaluates participating marinas or yacht clubs on areas such as emergency preparedness, waste containment/disposal, and stormwater management. To pass, the marina must score from 75 – 85% in each area of the award checklist by implementing practices from the Maryland Clean Marina Guidebook.

Photo of the marina committee at Solomons Landing Condominium
The marina committee at Solomons Landing Condominium receives a Maryland Clean Marina certificate.

As part of their environmental initiatives, the community of Solomons Landing installed fuel spill response kits, started sharing environmental education materials with slip holders, and developed clarified marina rules. Kent Narrows Boatel assembled safety data sheets for hazardous materials, established a boat-washing area, and improved staff training. Clean Marinas are re-inspected every three years to ensure they continue to meet the standards.

The program was developed in 1998 by a committee comprised of marina and boatyard operators, state and local government officials, academics, and boating groups with the goal of reducing nonpoint source pollution from marine facilities and recreational boats. Boaters are encouraged to participate by signing theMaryland Clean Boater Pledge.

Boaters and marina operators who want to learn more about the program should contact donna.morrow@maryland.gov or visit the Maryland Clean Marina webpage


David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...