Long Beach’s Alamitos Bay Marina, Shoreline Marina and Rainbow Harbor Marina have recently received a five-year recertification under the Clean Marine program. The Clean Marine program is a marine industry alliance that promotes environmentally clean marinas and boat yard facilities. The program helps protect coastal and inland waters from pollution through encouraging industry best management practices.
By receiving the Clean Marine designation, Long Beach’s public marina properties have demonstrated that they are operated in an environmentally sensitive and “green” manner.
“City staff is committed to keeping our city clean, from our streets and parks to our harbors, bays and marinas, and everything in between,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I am proud of our Marine Bureau for paying such great attention to our marinas and for receiving this designation. It is imperative that we continue to care for our waterways for the safety and enjoyment of our residents, visitors and marine life.”
Long Beach’s marinas received the recertification following on-site inspections and evaluation processes conducted by independent marine industry professionals. The processes included evaluating marina policies and procedures and boater education efforts for on-site vessel maintenance requirements and limitations; sewage, solid waste, and liquid waste management practices; storm water runoff systems; environmental programs; and debris prevention and clean up practices.
“Our team is excited about the five-year renewal of the Clean Marine certification,” said Elvira Hallinan, Manager of Beaches and Marinas. “Boaters that come to our facilities will be welcomed by the Clean Marine flag, letting them know that we're committed to operating the City marinas in an environmentally friendly manner. While we've always been committed to reducing the marinas’ environmental impacts, it is gratifying that the industry recognizes our efforts.”
The City of Long Beach has participated as a Clean Marine member since 2006, and has maintained uninterrupted program certifications since that time. The Marine Recreation Association of California, an industry professional association and advocacy group, endorses the program.
For more information about the City of Long Beach’s participation in the Clean Marine program, the public can contact Kurt Borsting, Superintendent for Marine Operations at 562.570.4960 or visit www.cleanmarina.org/members.html
About Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) is recognized for excellence in management practices and programs, having received the National Parks and Recreation Association Gold Medal Award four times. PRM provides leisure programs and services to residents and visitors, which improve quality of life in Long Beach. PRM maintains 171 parks with 26 community centers, 320 acres of open space, and 6.1 miles of beaches; implements the City's Open Space Plan, provides recreational opportunities to meet diverse community needs, maintains public marinas, and provides for public safety and the humane treatment of animals.