Find out if your marina is certified
Has your local marina earned the right to fly the Clean Marina flag? It’s worth finding out, according to TVA Clean Marina Coordinator Melinda Watson.
“To receive a flag, a marina must meet the high environmental standards required for Clean Marina certification. If boaters see the flag, they can have confidence that their marina is going the extra mile when it comes to things like sewage management, oil and gas control, and erosion prevention. These types of measures go a long way to protect the water quality that’s so important to those who enjoy boating.”
Watson says the number of certified marinas is growing steadily. “We certified 19 marinas this year, which means we now have a total of 71 marinas participating in the program. That’s good news, but there are still many more marinas that are not yet certified.”
Inquiries from customers can sometimes make a real difference when it comes to encouraging marinas to begin working toward certification, says Watson.
“Take the time to tell the folks who own or manage your local marina that you appreciate the steps they’re taking to protect the environment by becoming a certified Clean Marina. If they’re not participating, speak up and let them know that such things matter to you. Ask them if they have plans to work toward certification. Add your voice to the growing number of people who think it’s important to keep Valley waterways protected for the next generation of boaters.”