FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Seattle, Washington Mar 08, 2012
Two marinas on Lake Union, Affinity Marina and Salmon Bay Marine Center, are the newest additions to the Clean Marina Washington program, bringing the total number of certified marinas to 61. Both marinas concurrently received 4 star ratings from the King County EnviroStars program as well.
Salmon Bay Marine Center (SBMC), a super yacht facility, received their certification by fulfilling program requirements, including conducting operations with the goal of protecting the environment, and reducing and properly managing hazardous waste, among other activities. John Bausch, SBMC’s Marina Manager, sought out the certification and said they are pleased to be part of the program.
Affinity Marina first learned of the Clean Marina program through the Seattle Yacht Club, a certified Clean Marina since 2007. After doing more research, David Pitt, Marina Manager, decided the program was a great match for the community of boaters at Affinity Marina. Pitt says “Affinity Marina is unique in that it has a stable, tight-knit community of recreational boaters that care about the marina and the environment. As a result, we felt that Clean Marina certification was a reasonable goal for us to show that we care about water quality and want to be leaders in pollution control and abatement. We are very excited to be a part of this program and to be good stewards of the water we all enjoy!”
One requirement of the program is to commit to a specific goal each year. Pitt chose to organize a spring cleaning event at Affinity Marina, providing tenants a convenient way to properly recycle or dispose of leftover products which may be hazardous. During the event tenants will also be able to re-charge their fire extinguishers at a discounted rate, negotiated by Pitt. “We want to be leaders in this great initiative and hope to undertake some aggressive activities that help demonstrate our commitment to the environment” Pitt said.
“It was a pleasure to work with both marinas” said Barbara Owens of Puget Soundkeeper Alliance who performed both certifications on behalf of Clean Marina Washington. “Their commitment to best management practices to protect the environment and their marinas was already evident. Getting them aligned with the detailed program standards mostly involved changes to their record keeping and posting signs; they already had in place many of the program requirements” Owens observed.
Clean Marina Washington was created in 2005, and is an incentive-based certification program in which marinas assess their operations and implement improvements to better protect the environment. When they reach the qualification standards of Clean Marina Washington they earn the right to fly the Clean Marina flag.
Clean Marina Washington is a partnership of Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, EnviroStars Cooperative, Northwest Marine Trade Association, Washington Sea Grant, Washington Department of Ecology, Washington Department of Natural Resources and Washington State Parks and Recreation. For more information on Clean Marina Washington visit www.cleanmarinawashington.org.