Celebrate National Marina Day in Michigan with picnics, open houses and tours
Michigan certified Clean Marinas work hard to minimize the environmental impacts of boating to provide clean water and healthy habitats in their communities.
In Michigan and throughout Great Lakes states, more than a dozen marinas are participating in National Marina Day on June 9. National Marina Day provides communities an opportunity to check out boating for a day. As part of National Marina Day, boaters and non-boaters can participate in picnics, fishing sessions and marina tours hosted at harbors and marina facilities. To locate a Michigan marina participating in this nationwide event, visit the National Marina Day website.
Marinas are a vital part of communities for boaters and non-boaters alike. As gateways to our waterway recreation, marinas are economic contributors, both locally and nationally, and they can act to protect waterfront environments.
Celebrate National Marina day by paying a visit to a certified Clean Marina in your area. Clean Marinas go beyond required measures to minimize the environmental impacts of boating. The Michigan Clean Marina Program, a cooperative effort of the Michigan Boating Industries Association, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Michigan Sea Grant College Program (Michigan State University and the University of Michigan), is open to all public and private marinas in the state. The program promotes environmentally sound marina and boating practices to reduce pollution, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, and protect Great Lakes water quality.
Certified Clean Marina operators recognize that boaters and the public enjoy playing in clean water surrounded by healthy habitat and wildlife. Visiting a Clean Marina on National Marina Day is an excellent way to thank them for doing their part to ensure that future generations can also enjoy the water.
For more information about the Michigan Clean Marina Program, contact Josh Gunn, Michigan Sea Grant Extension at 586-469-6087.