There is a direct link between Florida's water quality and the marine industry, making clean water essential to the livelihood and wellbeing of communities. By becoming a designated location, facilities pledge to maintain and improve the state’s waterways by reducing or eliminating the release of harmful substances and phasing out practices that can damage aquatic environments.
With thousands of recreational boating facilities, mariner vessels and ecotourism opportunities in the state of Florida, the implementation of environmental best management practices within the marina community is crucial to preserving the state’s natural resources.
The Clean Marina Program (CMP) and the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) have distinct functions. CMP exists as a voluntary, proactive program that assists facilities in adopting environmental best management practices to assist with pollution prevention throughout the state of Florida. CVA provides funding assistance for the purchase, installation and maintenance of pumpout equipment in Florida marinas.
The Clean Marina Program provides many educational materials for facilities and their patrons. The Clean Boating Habits booklet is available upon request and can be downloaded for distribution. This convenient document contains tips on clean boating, sewage management, petroleum control and waste management, and impacts on aquatic plants. In addition, CMP facilities are encouraged to educate visitors on the Clean Boater Program.
The Florida Clean Marina Program was established in 2000 by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and assists with the implementation of best management practices that focus on sensitive habitats, waste management, stormwater control, spill prevention and emergency preparedness.
The Clean & Resilient Marina Program was founded in 2013 through a partnership between the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Clean Marina programs from Florida, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. It complements best management practices already in place by CMPs and provides additional recommendations to strengthen facilities' ability to withstand natural and manmade disasters.
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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.