Delaware Seashore State Parks Indian River
Marina Recognized As Delaware's First 'Clean Marina'
Sept 15, 2004
The crowd at Indian River Marina in Delaware Seashore State Park applauded as the official Delaware Clean Marina flag was hoisted Wednesday, Sept. 15, recognizing the states first certified clean marina.
The Delaware Clean Marina Program, launched last year, is a voluntary
effort that enlists marina operators and boaters in reducing pollution
of the states waterways. It is a partnership of the University
of Delaware Sea Grant College Program, the Department of Natural Resources
This program is important for a Livable Delaware for
preserving the environment thats so critical to the quality
of life of every Delawarean, said Lt. Governor John Carney during
the ceremony at the marina. Its a win-win effort for marina
operators, the public and the
David Chapman, marine transportation specialist for the UD Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service and chairman of the Delaware Clean Marina Executive Committee, emceed the event. Other speakers included DNREC Secretary John Hughes and Gary King, manager of Indian River Marina.
There are about 50,000 registered boaters in Delaware and many others from out of state who enjoy boating in our waters, Secretary Hughes noted. Were hoping that Indian River Marina is the first link in a whole chain of Clean Marinas that will soon be found throughout Delaware.
Since the program began last year, 14 of the states estimated 100 marinas have taken the Clean Marina pledge, which is the first step in achieving certification.
The Delaware Clean Marina Program is a positive initiative
for our marine businesses, for boaters, and for our states valuable
waters, said Chapman, who coordinates the program. Since
marinas are located directly along the waters edge, activities
associated with boating have a greater
After taking the Clean Marina pledge, marina operators receive a
guidebook and checklist for incorporating best management practices
at their facilities in areas ranging from spill-proof fueling methods
to oil recycling. They have a year to work through the checklist and
Im very pleased and proud that we accomplished this,
said Gary King, who manages Indian River Marina for the state Division
of Parks and Recreation. As a state-owned facility, we felt
we needed to set the standard and fulfill our stewardship call.
King hopes the marina can now
After the ceremony, King led a tour of the eco-friendly practices
that are in place at Indian River Marina. The marina has made changes
to a number of its procedures, from the way we fuel boats to
how we clean fish and handle the waste, he said. In addition
to such features as a pump-out
We also went to great lengths to preserve the natural vegetation around our site so that we can take advantage of nature to help clean our waste, he added.
Currently, 14 states and the District of Columbia have Clean Marina programs, and four other states are developing programs.
For more information about Delawares program, please contact David Chapman at 302-645-4268 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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