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All Seasons Marine Receives Clean Marina Certification


South Haven, Mich., September 24, 2009 -  All Seasons Marine, a family-owned Michigan marina located in the community of South Haven on Lake Michigan has received the honorable certification of a “Michigan Clean Marina” by the Michigan Clean Marina Program (CMP) Committee.  The announcement came from Terry Giesler, owner of All Season’s Marine.


The Clean Marina Program (CMP) is a joint undertaking by the Michigan Boating Industries Association, Michigan Sea Grant, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  It is the policy of a clean marina to protect the health of boaters, staff, and the environment by preventing the discharge of pollutants to the water, land, and air.


“We are elated to receive this admirable certification.  It emphasizes the mission we have for All Season’s Marine to be environmentally sensitive to our community and state.  We are pleased to do our part in protecting the natural surroundings and pristine waters of Lake Michigan,” said Terry Giesler, owner of All Season’s Marine. 


The clean marina certification begins with a pledge to participate in the program, followed by workshops where the marina management and staff receive a marina handbook, overview of the designation process, and a review of best management practices.  The facilities then conduct self-evaluations of their environmental practices to determine their strengths and weaknesses.  After implementing improvements and reaching a level of competencies, the marina requests a visitation by a CMP consultant, which serves as an evaluation of the facility’s environmental stewardship.  When the facility reaches established goals, they receive their certification.


“The management and staff All Seasons Marine have implemented excellent policies and procedures addressing environmental practices and protections they have in place within their marina,” stated Van W. Snider, Jr., CAE, President of Michigan Boating Industries Association.  The Clean Marina designation is applicable for a three-year period at which time the facility must be recertified. 


All Seasons Marine is a family run business servicing the marine industry since 1980.  It is located in South Haven on the lower east shore of Lake Michigan. For more information, contact All Seasons Marine at 269.637.3655 or tgiesler@i2K.com.

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