Michigan Clean Marinas celebrate National Marina Day

Two Michigan Clean Marinas hosted National Marina Day celebrations in Southeast Michigan.

National Marina Day, which was created in 2001, is celebrated on the second Saturday of June every year in an effort to showcase the marina lifestyle to community members who live near marinas. Two marinas in Southeast Michigan, Belle Maer Harbor and Sundog Marina (both in Harrison Township) held successful Marina Day activities. Belle Maer Harbor hosted courtesy vessel safety checks conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, provided a bounce house and fishing contest for kids, had live music and a barbecue dinner. Sundog Marina also had a barbecue, and ceremoniously raised their Michigan Clean Marina Flag that they received when they were certified as the most recent Michigan Clean Marina in December 2012. 

Participation in National Marina Day by two Michigan Clean Marinas in Southeast Michigan exemplifies the triple bottom line of services that marinas provide to Michigan. Marinas not only provide recreational opportunities to society, but contribute to the $3.9 billion annual economic impact boating provides to Michigan. Michigan Clean Marinas also understand how adopting environmentally-sound practices can protect habitat and reduce water pollution, which feeds back into increased recreational opportunities.

The Michigan Clean Marina Program is a cooperative effort of the Michigan Boating Industries Association, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy and Michigan Sea Grant College Program (Michigan State University Extension and the University of Michigan). Boaters who want to stay at a Michigan Clean Marina can find one by visiting the Location page of the Michigan Clean Marina website. In addition, marinas who want to learn more about the program can read about it on the Michigan Clean Marina Program website or may contact Erin DeVris, Michigan Sea Grant program coordinator at edevries@umich.edu, or Michigan Sea Grant Extension educator Mark Breederland at mbreederl@msu.edu.

Michigan Sea Grant helps to foster economic growth and protect Michigan’s coastal, Great Lakes resources through education, research, and outreach. A collaborative effort of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University and its MSU Extension, Michigan Sea Grant is part of the NOAA-National Sea Grant network of 34 university-based programs.

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