BRUNSWICK COUNTY — An area marina has garnered attention for its efforts to protect water quality.
The Ocean Isle Marina earned a N.C. Clean Marina certification in January via the N.C. Division of Coastal Management. The program provides guidelines for how marina operators can facilitate optimal environmental protection and improve and maintain water quality.
To obtain the certification, marina operators voluntarily complete an evaluation form regarding the best possible practices to protect water quality. Boat maintenance, spill prevention plans and incorporation of safety and emergency planning for their facilities are other actions needed to qualify for the certification.
Developed by the National Marine Environmental Education Foundation, the Clean Marina program is a nationwide organization encouraging marinas to participate in and maintain clean, healthy waterways.
The N.C. Clean Marina program is facilitated by a partnership between N.C. Division of Coastal Management, the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, N.C. Sea Grant, the U.S. Power Squadron, and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
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