January 17, 2006
Northern California Marinas Pass Clean Marina Certification
Two northern California marinas passed certification in the Clean Marinas California program on Friday, January 13, 2006. This makes 28 marinas in California and one in Mexico that have been certified "Clean Marinas". Lake Don Pedro and Moccasin Point marinas were reviewed by a team of marina managers from other marinas headed by Tim Leathers of Almar Management, Inc. Both marinas are part of Forever Resorts properties.
Clean Marinas California (CMC) is a statewide industry administered non-profit association of marina owners and managers from both the private sector and government managed facilities. It was formed in 2004 in San Diego and has just expanded its program through the Marina Recreation Association (MRA) to both salt water and inland lake marinas throughout California.
One marina, Paradise Village near Puerto Vallarta, has been certified in Mexico. Walt Poole, Regional General Manager from Forever Resorts, attended the review to observe the process. Along with Tim Leathers, the inspection team included consisted of Bill Chase from Ballena Isle Marina and Chuck Krause from Oakland Marinas. Mariann Timms, Membership Services Coordinator of the MRA, assisted in organizing the review with a number of others participating as observers. Richard Dunn (River Point Landing), Michael Spence (Village West Marina), Jeff Dawson (Discovery Bay Yacht Harbor), Pat Bagan (Sierra Boat Company), Bill Harper (Lake Orville Marina), Curtis Christner (Trinity Lake Resorts & Marinas) and David Wood (Lake Don Pedro) were in attendance for the reviews.
CMC is the only Clean Marina program that is not government administered in the United States. It is organized and administered by competing marina owners and operators in an effort to set high standards for marinas to meet the challenges of maintaining environmentally sensitive facilities. The program is endorsed by many industry associations and environmental groups. It is part of the California Department of Boating and Waterways recommended certification programs for marinas in California.
Tim Leathers, lead certification inspector for CMC, said, "It is particularly gratifying that we have now expanded inland to the northern California lakes with our program." Tahoe Keys Marina on Lake Tahoe was the only inland marina previously certified for the CMC program. A complete list of certified marinas, a manual of the program and a list of organizations endorsing the program can be found on the website: www.cleanmarinascalifornia.org.
For more information, please contact:
H. P. "Sandy" Purdon, Chairman
Email: HPPurdon@cox.net 619-822-1177
Mariann Timms, Membership Services
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 209-334-0661
Clean Marinas California
Marina Recreation Association
Clean Marinas California Website: www.cleanmarinascalifornia.org
# # #