Certification Process

Clean Marina programs promote and celebrate voluntary adoption of best management practices to prevent and reduce pollution from marinas and the recreational boating community. Certified facilities are recognized as exemplary environmental stewards. Training and certification criteria will address key topics, such as siting considerations, marina design and facility, stormwater management, boat maintenance and repair, petroleum control, aquatic invasive species, sewage handling, waste containment, disposal and recycling, marina management, and laws and regulations. To enroll, please complete and submit the combined pledge statement and Clean Marina Classroom registration form (on the next page). By submitting the form, you will be completing an important step in the Clean Marina certification process.


Harbor Masters should use the certification checklist to perform an initial self assessment and when working through the Clean Marina Classroom. Certification Specialists will use the same form to assess your readiness for certification.


Certification Checklist (and self-assessment form)


How much does it cost?

Fees cover the following program components:
First step is to Pledge To Participate and Enrollment in Training, Cost: $100
All participants complete the pledge and enroll in the Clean Marina Classroom. This self-paced, online course includes details on recommended and mandatory practices of the Michigan Clean Marina Program. Marina Site Visit, Cost: $300
After completing training and a self-evaluation, Michigan marina operators schedule a site visit with a certification specialist through Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA). The program provides two consultations with trained certification specialists. MBIA schedules site visits for all Clean Marina participants. You will be provided with a binder template to assist you in organization of the materials pertaining to your certification effort. Total: $400

Benefits of Michigan Clean Marina Certification

There are strong, tangible, business-savy reasons to participate in the Michigan Clean Marina Program, including technical assistance, financial incentives, promotional products and materials, and improving the overall image of your marina within your community. Click HERE for list.
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The Michigan Clean Marina Program is a public-private partnership between Michigan Sea Grant, the Michigan Boating Industries Association, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and public and private marina owners and operators. In addition, the program is connected to the Great Lakes Clean Marina Network and the National Clean Marina Effort. The program is supported by the Michigan Clean Marina Foundation, a 501(c)(3)organization. Contact [email protected]