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The City of Sandusky has been honored as a Certified Ohio Clean Marina,
having put into practice voluntary best management actions designed to
protect Lake Erie and the coastal environment. An official certification
ceremony will be held this Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm at the
Paper District Marina (611 West Shoreline Drive, Sandusky, OH).
To receive this distinction, a marina must sign a pledge that declares
an intent to make changes to control pollution. A site review team then
verifies that a facility has complied with 100% of the management
practices required for certification, which include:
making available and promoting the use of oil absorbent materials
providing clean, 24-hour restrooms to dockers, and
prohibiting discharge of head waste as a condition of lease agreements
In addition, 50% of the program’s recommended practices must be
implemented. The Paper District Marina has met this requirement by:
Providing collection bins for solid recyclables
Using vegetated buffers to reduce nutrient runoff
Posting a sign informing boaters of Ohio’s no wake law
More than 40 marinas have received the Ohio Clean Marinas distinction
since the program began in 2005.
“These marinas have demonstrated a proactive commitment toward
protecting the environment,” says Sarah Orlando, Coordinator of the
Ohio Clean Marinas Program. “Each has attended at least one Clean
Marinas workshop, received recommendations on improvements, and taken
the initiative to implement the necessary changes. Their dedication is
The Ohio Clean Marinas Program is a partnership among the Ohio Sea
Grant College Program, the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, and the
Ohio Department of Natural Resources.