Marine News from the Great Lakes

New Tool to Help Marinas Prepare for Coastal Storms

Published: Tuesday, September 5, 2017

In the fall of 2012, marinas in the Great Lakes found themselves dealing with towering waves of up to 20 feet, and winds of over 60 miles per hour as a result of Hurricane Sandy. After the event, Ohio Sea Grant pursued and obtained a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Storms Grant in partnership with the OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Sea Grant, and Wisconsin Sea Grant to understand how marina owners in the Great Lakes prepare for these natural hazards and to develop tools to help marinas now and in the future. The Preparation, Adaptation and Response Tool (PART), is complete and will be available for free through the Great Lakes Clean Marina Network at and through the Ohio Clean Marinas Program at

Congratulations to Newly Certified Ohio Clean Marinas!

The Ohio Clean Marinas Program is a voluntary certification program which recognizes marinas that choose to adopt best management practices to improve the environmental, educational and economic aspects of their operations. 76 marinas in Ohio are certified as Ohio Clean Marinas, and an additional 47 have committed to meet the program’s certification standards. The program recognizes the 6 marinas below as newly certified or recertified for 2017 and looks forward to reaching additional marinas and boaters in latter half of the year.

  • Burr Oak State Park, Glouster, OH
  • Edgewater Marina, Cleveland, OH
  • Grand River Marine, Grand River, OH
  • Mentor Lagoons, Mentor, OH
  • Whiskey Island Marina, Cleveland, OH
  • (Recertified) - Channel Park Marina, Cleveland, OH

Additional information about the program, including a marina certification checklist and clean boater tips, can be found online at and can be obtained by contacting Ohio Clean Marinas Program staff at [email protected].


tags: Environmental Impact

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