The Consortium has taken the lead on coordinating the South Carolina Clean Marina program. Initiated in 1998 by the S.C. Marine Association, the program continues today as a partnership between the Consortium, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control-Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (SCDHEC-OCRM), and S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) to protect and improve water quality. Currently, 23 marinas are certified as Clean Marinas. Program coordinators have a goal of adding 10 certified Clean Marinas each year. A training workshop was held in August with participation from 11 marinas, including five that need recertification and six new marinas interested in program designation. Planning is underway for another training workshop in December.
In order to be certified in this voluntary program, marinas pay a modest fee of $250, which helps cover the cost of training, inspection, and certification material. Marinas must meet certain characteristics, including design considerations, marina management, emergency planning, fuel control, proper sewage and waste disposal, stormwater control, habitat protection, and boater education. A technical advisory committee, which provides guidance and assistance with training workshops and site inspections, is comprised of representatives from SCDHEC-OCRM, SCDNR, and industry professionals.