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2017 Shrink Wrap Recycling

Looking for a place to recycle your marina shrink wrap? As we continue to look for solutions and resources for recycling boat shrink wrap, we have again compiled a list of recycling options for the 2017 season. Click here to view a list of recyclers who are accepting boat shrink wrap this spring. Depending on the amount of material and geographic location, some services may be free, however, please contact the recycler for more detailed information.


Workforce Development
Struggling to find skilled workers? You’re not alone. Check out the latest report about the correlation between marine trades programs and industry success. Consider partnering with your local joint vocational school or adult trades program for eligible workers and partnership opportunities.

Ohio Clean Marinas Program Evaluation Final Report
Thank you for your participation in the program evaluation survey that was distributed last summer. We received 43 responses and great feedback was provided about the Ohio Clean Marinas program and guidance about future considerations. Responses have been complied and the final report is available here. 

2017 Business Retention and Expansion Survey

We are conducting a repeat of the business retention and expansion survey that was distributed in 2014. To help us better understand the impact of the marina industry in Ohio, what can be done to help your business, and to improve connections to local government and the work force, please complete the survey if you have not already. If you are a Lake Erie marina, click here. If you are an inland or Ohio River marina, click here.


Ohio EPA Marketplace Now Available!
Do you have materials at your facility you need to dispose of such as concrete, tires, plastic or dirt? Check out the new Ohio Materials Marketplace website that facilitates cross-industry reuse of materials between Ohio businesses and organizations. Post your available or wanted materials on the website to become part of the circular economy in Ohio. Learn more here

Blue Future Grant
West Marine is accepting applications for its 2017 BlueFuture grants. The spring grant cycle will run through May 1, with the names of grant recipients to be announced by mid-month. Encouraged to apply are nonprofit, community-based organizations that teach sailing, power boating, fishing, paddling or surfing, boat building instruction and foster aquatic conservation practices.s. The $1,500 grants are given without restriction. Click here to learn more.

Pumpout Grants
If you applied for a Clean Vessel Act (CVA) grant through the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft in October 2016, award announcement is scheduled for May at the American Boating Congress meeting, after which point ODNR would receive information on which grants were approved for Ohio.


Options for NPDES General Permit Compliance
The Ohio EPA has proposed changes to the marina NPDES permit that would incorporate permitted marinas into the General NPDES permit. The proposed rule would affect boat washing practices at marinas beginning in 2018. Read more about the proposed rule here or watch this webinar by the Ohio EPA for more specific information. Remember we are here to help! If you have questions about the proposed change or would like technical guidance, please contact us so we can provide you with the best and most current resources.

OSHA Top 10 Most Commonly Cited Violations
The April 2017 edition of Marina Dock Age outlined the top 10 most commonly cited violations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The top 3 for marinas and boatyards include: Respiratory Protection, Hazardous Communication, and Powered Industrial Tracks. 

New Rules for Beneficial Use of Dredged Material
Ohio EPA is anticipating the passage of Senate Bill 2 in the Spring of 2017. If enacted, this bill would allow the director of environmental protection to adopt new rules governing beneficial use of dredged material. Public comment is being accepted until May 5, 2017.

Clean Boater Corner

How to Recycle Shrink Wrap
Feel free to print or send this flyer to your boaters if you are recycling shrink wrap. Encourage boaters to follow these instructions to properly prepare shrink wrap:

  1. Cut out and remove all nylon strapping
  2. Keep wrap as clean as possible and free of debris
  3. Bundle shrink wrap and tie for convenient storage
  4. Deliver bundle to designated marina and container
National Marina Days and Ready, Set, Wear It Day

Get ready to participate in the eighth-annual “Ready, Set, Wear It!” Life Jacket World Record Day on Saturday, May 20, 2017! The National Safe Boating Council, in partnership with the Canadian Safe Boating Council, invite boating safety professionals, the boating community and the media to record their event through photographs or video as well as a sign-up sheet. “Ready, Set, Wear It!,” will usher in National Safe Boating Week, this year May 20 – 26, 2017.         

National Marina Day is a nationwide boating event dedicated to growing boating participation across North America. Marine businesses collaborate to hold events to introduce the public to boating through on-water and landside activities at marinas in every corner of the country. This year, National Marina Day is now National Marina Days: Summer of Giving. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, marinas across the country are asked to give back to any charity of their choice.

Look Before You Pump

A new survey finds Americans are confused about ethanol and fuel choices. "Look Before You Pump" materials just for boat owners, manufacturers, dealers and other industry representative have been developed and are available for download here. Simply visit the link, create a free username and password, and click on the section for "Boating Education Materials". Then, help NMMA and OPEI spread the word about the dangers of ethanol by helping others understand how to prevent serious damage to boat engines and stay safe on the water.

In The News

Upcoming Events

Clean Marinas, we need your photos!

We will be assembling a calendar to showcase Ohio’s certified clean marinas. If you would like to be included, please send us a high-resolution (300 dpi or higher jpeg or tif file) photo of your marina.


1st Quarter Recertification and Good Standing Reminders

We have sent letters to marinas that are due for recertification or need to complete a self-assessment checklist. Please reply so we know they were received.


Educate Your Boaters to Stop the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species!
Watch and share our latest video to show how boaters can prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.



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