Clean Marina Workshop, February 1, 2012


February 1, 2012

8:00 – 11:30 AM, EST


The Green Marina Education and Outreach project is a strategic collaboration between Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin Sea Grant programs to support Clean Marina education and outreach efforts across the Great Lakes states. This project is supported by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Webinar support:
Ohio Sea Grant

Photo Credit
Photo: ODNR Division of Watercraft



This workshop webinar will provide marina and boatyard operators and Clean Marina program managers with the latest information on important environmental topics, including best practices employed by certified Clean Marinas.

Clean Marina programs are part of a national initiative to voluntarily engage marinas and boatyards in management practices that improve water quality, reduce environmental risk to people and aquatic life, and protect the water resources that sustain the boating industry.

Attendees will learn about:

  Basic concepts and best practices for managing stormwater runoff from marinas and boatyards
  Considerations for selecting a cost-effective vessel wash wastewater treatment option for your marina
  How to engage boaters in clean marina stewardship
  How marinas can help prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species
  Online training for marina/boatyard managers and building a Great Lakes network of Clean Marina programs

The webinar is free, but you must pre-register by Friday, January 27. To register, click here. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with log-in information.

Contact Jill Jentes Banicki at with any questions.


Welcome and Introduction
David White, Recreation/Tourism Specialist, New York Sea Grant Institute


Invasive Species Management for Marinas and Boaters
David White, New York Sea Grant Institute


Stormwater Management for Marinas and Boatyards
David S. Liebl, Statewide Outreach Specialist, University of Wisconsin‐Cooperative Extension


Engaging Your Slipholders
Anne Smith, Program Coordinator, Viginia Institute of Marine Science Marine Advisory Services


Pressure Wash Wasterwater Management
Mike Danko, Assistant Director of Extension, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium


The Great Lakes Green Marina Initiative
Elizabeth LaPorte, Director of Communications and Education Services, Michigan Sea Grant College Program


Question/Answer and Wrap Up
Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions via a live chat after the presentation.


David White is the Recreation/ Tourism Specialist and Great Lakes Program Coordinator for the New York Sea Grant Extension Program. Dave has been with Sea Grant since November of 1984 and is located at the State University of New York College at Oswego.


David Liebl has been a regular contributor to improving the environmental performance of marinas around the Great Lakes for the last decade. He has an extensive background in hazardous materials management, pollution prevention and (most recently) stormwater management for marinas, and is a regular contributor to the annual University of Wisconsin-Docks and Marinas workshop and the Wisconsin Clean Marina Program. His presentation will focus on those stormwater management BMPs best suited to marina operators and designers.


Anne Smith is the Virginia Clean Marina Program coordinator for the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Marine Advisory Services. Anne has worked with the marine industry in Virginia since 1997 and joined the staff at VIMS in 2008 in her current position.


Michael J. Danko is the Assistant Director of the Extension Program for the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium. He has participated in numerous coastal zone management, fishery, sediment, water quality and bathymetry projects. Recently, he assisted with the design and implementation of numerous programs directed at reducing the impacts of recreational boating.


Elizabeth LaPorte is the director of communications and education services and a member of the management team for the Michigan Sea Grant College Program. She is a co-principal investigator for the Green Marina Outreach and Education Project. LaPorte has served on the Michigan Clean Marina Operations Committee for the past five years, and has more than twenty years of experience in directing public outreach.