25
Sep

The Michigan Clean Marina Program Goal to Reach 1 Million Boaters starts with You

–  Nicki Polan, Executive Director, Michigan Boating Industries Association

In Michigan we’re proud that 70 marinas, both inland and Great Lakes, have chosen to participate in the Michigan Clean Marina Program (MCMP). By doing so, these prestigious marinas voluntarily pledge to maintain and improve Michigan’s waterways by reducing or eliminating releases of harmful substances and phasing out practices that can damage aquatic environments.

Educating 1 million boaters is one of the goals on the MCMP Mission Statement, because boaters play an important part in protecting our fisheries and waterways.  Below are some of the best practices for boaters to follow in order to protect your lake:

KEEP THE LAKE FREE OF DEBRIS

  • Properly stow and secure all trash on your boat.
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle.
  • Recycle fishing line to avoid animal entanglements.
  • Don’t toss cigarette butts overboard. They are made of plastic.
  • Retrieve debris you find and properly dispose of it.
  • Don’t dispose of fish guts into the lake (fertilize a garden).
  • Serve as an example to others and encourage them to help keep the lake free of debris.

KEEP FUEL OUT OF THE WATER

  • Do not top off tank.
  • Listen to anticipate when tank is full.
  • Use a fuel bib to catch all drops before they hit the water.
    • Wipe up spills immediately.
    • Remember, Ethanol destroys marine engines. Use recreational fuel when possible and never anything higher than 10% Ethanol (E10).If you visit a Certified Marina, be sure to thank them for their effort. If they are not certified, don’t hesitate to suggest they become one of the elite.

Learn more about Michigan Clean Marinas:

http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/michigan-clean-marina-program/
http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/great-lakes-clean-marina/state-programs/