Glen Burnie Marina Earns Maryland Clean Marina Award

Nabbs Creek Marina in Glen Burnie is now officially a Maryland Clean Marina, having earned its certification from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

DNR inspected the marina and found that it meets all environmental regulatory requirements, as well as some voluntary criteria. Nabbs Creek Marina is the 149th marina, boatyard, or yacht club to earn the certification.

 Nabbs Creek Marina Manager Patrick Riordan

Nabbs Creek Marina Manager Patrick Riordan

At Nabbs Creek, manager Patrick Riordan provides comingled recycling and posted new signs outlining dozens of ways boaters can prevent pollution while on board.

“It is encouraging to see so many Maryland small businesses take up the mantle of a cleaner and healthier Chesapeake Bay,” Program Manager Donna Morrow said. “These conservation-minded, environmentally-savvy managers and owners are better serving their customers while also doing their part to improve water quality.”

Participating marinas and partners must score between 75-85 percent on areas like emergency preparedness, stormwater management, and waste containment and disposal. Each clean marina is re-inspected every three years to make sure they're still in compliance. 

The Maryland Clean Marina Initiative was developed in 1998 by a committee of boatyard and marina operators and owners, state and local government agencies, academics, and boating representatives and stakeholders. Boaters are encouraged to participate in the program by signing the Maryland Clean Boater Pledge.

Megan Viviano