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Three Carolina Beach sites certified as NC Clean Marinas

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Three Carolina Beach sites have been certified as North Carolina Clean Marinas, according to the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Clean Marina is a designation given to marinas that exceed the state’s environmental regulations.

The Mona Black Marina, Federal Point Yacht Club and Carolina Beach State Park each earned the status.

DENR says the Clean Marina program illustrates how marina operators can help safeguard the environment by using management and operation techniques that exceed environmental requirements. To earn the certification, the marina's owners prepare spill prevention plans and conduct safety and emergency planning. Marina operators also control boat maintenance activities to protect water quality. Marinas must complete the recertification process every two years in order to retain their certification as a North Carolina Clean Marina.

In addition to the three newcomers, six coastal marinas have been recertified as North Carolina Clean Marinas, including Wilmington Marine Center and Southport Marina.

NC Clean Marina is a voluntary program that began in the summer of 2000. Marina operators who choose to participate must complete an evaluation form about their use of specific best management practices. If a marina meets criteria developed by the NC Division of Coastal Management, it will be designated as a Clean Marina. Such marinas are eligible to fly the Clean Marina flag and use the logo in their advertising. The flags signal to boaters that a marina cares about the cleanliness of area waterways.

Clean Marina is a nationwide program developed by the National Marine Environmental Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to clean up waterways for better recreational boating. The foundation encourages states to adapt Clean Marina principles to fit their own needs.

The North Carolina program is a partnership between the NC Division of Coastal Management, NC Boating Industry Services, the NC Marine Trade Association, the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program, NC Sea Grant, the US Power Squadron, US Coast Guard Auxiliary and NC Big Sweep.

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