WEST RIVER, Md. (Aug. 7, 2008) Buzzs Marina, located in Ridge, has joined the list of the State's Clean Marinas. On Wednesday, at the 10th Annual Clean Marina Awards Ceremony held at Clarks Landing Shady Oaks Marina in southern Anne Arundel County, ten marinas received Governors Citations praising their accomplishment of becoming a certified clean marina. The award ceremony was timed to coordinate with National Marina Day, August 9 to recognize marinas as family friendly gateways to boating and stewards of the environment.
The voluntary efforts of clean marina owners and managers to reduce pollution and help protect our rivers and the Chesapeake Bay are truly commendable, said Governor Martin OMalley. The bay-friendly operations offered by each of these local businesses exemplify the role we all play to preserving this natural treasure. Action is needed across the State to ensure healthy water and land, and these marinas are to be commended for doing their part.
Marinas are certified by DNR as a Maryland Clean Marina after they adopt recommendations in the Maryland Clean Marina Guidebook and pass a site inspection by DNR and industry representatives.
Our livelihood boating depends on a healthy Chesapeake Bay, said Bob Brandon, Owner of Tidewater Yacht Service Center in Baltimore City. We have to do all that we can to preserve the bay to ensure continued quality boating experiences for today and tomorrow.
The following ten newly certified Clean Marinas received Governors Citations on Wednesday:
-- Anchor Yacht Basin, Edgewater (Anne Arundel County)
-- Atlantic Marina, Pasadena (Anne Arundel County)
-- Baltimore Marine Center, Baltimore City
-- Buzzs Marina, Ridge (St. Marys County)
-- Cedar Hill Marina, Bivalve (Wicomico County)
-- Chesapeake Yacht Club, Shady Side (Anne Arundel County)
-- Clarks Landing , West River (Anne Arundel County)
-- Riverside Marine, Baltimore (Baltimore County)
-- Tidewater Yacht Service Center, Baltimore City
A complete list of certified Clean Marinas and program information can be found at http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/boating/ .