Milwaukee’s South Shore Yacht Club today achieved Clean Marina status thanks to implementing numerous green practices.
The designation comes at the hands of a rigorous training and certification process carried out by the Wisconsin Marine Association (WMA), Wisconsin Sea Grant and other partners. The business becomes the 20th clean marina in Wisconsin.
Marinas and related industries and services contribute more than $2.7 billion to Wisconsin's economy. The voluntary, industry-led Clean Marina Program ensures clean boating practices that benefit the environment, and marinas alike. Best-management practices include preventing the release of water pollutants from boat operation, fueling, storage and maintenance.
“Obtaining Clean Marina certification was a logical next step in our efforts to protect Lake Michigan. What seemed at first to be a daunting task turned out to be a rewarding and educational experience for all involved,” Manager Patrick Nora said. “The involvement of the club’s membership in the process was enthusiastic and very positive. Many of their suggestions for improvement such as waste oil containment and cyclonic dust collection have been implemented.”
The dust generated by sanding wooden hulls is now collected by a cyclonic vacuum connected to a sander. This collection is important because the anti-fouling paints used to prevent marine growth on boat hulls often contains heavy metals that are toxic to aquatic life. Yacht Club members who sand and paint their boats onsite will now use the dustless sander and tarps to collect paint debris and prevent toxins from blowing or washing into Lake Michigan.
For more than 100 years, the Yacht Club has been a landmark in Bay View and an active neighborhood supporter. With its Clean Marina designation, the South Shore Yacht Club joins other Milwaukee businesses that have achieved the status—McKinley Marina and the Milwaukee Yacht Club.
The Wisconsin Clean Marina Program is administered by the WMA with assistance from UW Sea Grant and the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program. Additional partners include the University of Wisconsin-Extension Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources-Office of the Great Lakes and the U.S. Coast Guard.
“Participating marinas and boatyards benefit in many ways, including cost savings from reduced hazardous waste disposal, fewer pollutant cleanups and lower insurance rates,” said the WMA’s Clean Marina Program Coordinator Vicky Harris. “Designated marinas are safer and healthier facilities for employees and boaters while also protecting valuable public benefits like swimming, fishing and drinking water.”
About the Wisconsin Marine Association:
The Wisconsin Marine Association (WMA) was launched in March 2009 with the planning and support of the several WI marina operators, the Wisconsin Harbor Towns Association and funding support from Wisconsin Department of Administration's Wisconsin Coastal Management Program. The initial focus of the WMA was marinas on our two Great Lakes coasts and in 2011 the association expanded statewide. wisconsincleanmarina.org
About Wisconsin Sea Grant:
Conceived in 1966, Sea Grant is a national network of 33 university-based programs of research, outreach, and education for enhancing the practical use and conservation of coastal, ocean and Great Lakes resources to create a sustainable economy and environment. The National Sea Grant Network is a partnership of participating coastal states, private industry, and the National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. www.seagrant.wisc.edu
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