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Four new Clean Marinas

Fontana Village Marina on Fontana Reservoir, MarineMax on Chickamauga Reservoir, and Kenlake Marina and Hester’s Resort & Marina on Kentucky Reservoir are the latest facilities to receive TVA Clean Marina certification. They join a growing list of marinas who have pledged to do their part to keep the Tennessee Valley’s waterways free of harmful chemicals, excess nutrients, and debris.

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MarineMax of the Tennessee River, located on the waterfront in downtown Chattanooga, earned Clean Marina certification in September 2007 for its good stewardship practices. MarineMax offers pump-out services, provides water and fuel, and manages docking facilities for visiting boaters under a contract with the city of Chattanooga.

“A total of 76 Valley marinas have been certified to date,” said Buff Crosby, Senior Manager of Environmental Stewardship at TVA. “Certified marinas must meet stringent standards designed to reduce water pollution, which entitles them to fly the Clean Marina flag signifying their commitment to good stewardship.”

Pollution-prevention standards cover sewage disposal; fuel management; vessel maintenance and repair; solid, liquid, and hazardous waste disposal; stormwater management; erosion control; and public education.

“Clean Marinas demonstrate their commitment to clean water by their actions,” said Crosby. “They understand that environmental responsibility is good business because it protects the resource that provides their livelihood.”

Boaters can make a difference in the health of their reservoir by encouraging their local marina to get involved in the program, says Crosby. “Inquiries from customers can sometimes make a real difference when it comes to encouraging marinas to begin working toward certification. Let the folks who manage your marina know that protecting Valley waterways for the next generation of boaters is important to you.”

Find out if your marina is certified.


Attention marina operators

E-mail TVA if you would like to receive free information from TVA related to clean boating. If you are interested in working toward Clean Marina certification or just want to learn more about what you can do to help reduce water pollution and erosion from marina and boating activities, download a free copy of the Tennessee Valley Clean Marina Guidebook.









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