The Clean Marina Initiative is a voluntary, incentive-based program promoted by NOAA and others that encourages marina operators and recreational boaters to protect coastal water quality by engaging in environmentally sound operating and maintenance procedures. While Clean Marina Programs vary from state to state, all programs offer information, guidance, and technical assistance to marina operators, local governments, and recreational boaters on best management practices (BMPs) that can be used to prevent or reduce pollution. Marinas that participate in the Clean Marina Program are recognized for their environmental stewardship.
Participation in the Clean Marina Program is entirely voluntary, but participating marinas receive a weatherproof Clean Marina flag to fly at their facility and authorization to use the Clean Marina Program logo on company publications. Clean Marinas will also be recognized on this web site, through press releases, and at public events. In addition to working with marinas, the Clean Marina Program encourages the state's boaters to learn about and use clean boating techniques when operating and maintaining their boats.