Sunset is a Clean Marina
Sunset Designated Clean Marina
Clean Maria certification awarded to Sunset Marina and Resort by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for efforts to keep its facilities and Dale Hollow Lake clean.
Sunset Marina and Resort in Monroe, Tenn., is one of only three facilities on Dale Hollow Lake that has taken additional steps in its operation to receive the distinguished Clean Marina recognition from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Sunset has been recognized for its voluntary efforts to reduce water pollution and erosion and to protect the water resources of the Cumberland River Basin by going “clean and green.”
The Cumberland River Basin Clean Marina Partnership is a voluntary program implemented by the Nashville District and its watershed partners to promote environmentally responsible marina and boating practices. This program, established in support of the National Clean Boating Campaign, helps marina operators protect the very resource that provides them with their livelihood – clean water.
The effort encourages boater education, coordination among state agencies and better communication of existing laws, and offers incentives for creative and proactive marina operators.
Park Ranger Sondra Carmen, environmental compliance coordinator at Dale Hollow Lake, said Clean Marinas are environmentally conscious in their business decisions because they want to make a difference.
“Dale Hollow Lake is a jewel in the southeast that still offers visitors a remote destination with clean air, water and shorelines,” Carmen said. “Clean Marinas help to protect what is so naturally pure today and for our tomorrows.”
The program has established a list of seven management measures that are identified as priorities in order for the marina to fly the flag of a “Clean Marina.” These criteria include sewage management; fuel control; solid waste, petroleum recycling and disposal; vessel operation, maintenance, and repair; marina siting, design, and maintenance; storm water management and erosion control; and public education.
The steps to becoming a designated Clean Marina are straightforward, beginning with a pledge, which is a commitment to controlling pollution and erosion at the facility and promoting water-protective behavior with the boating public. By participating, marinas demonstrate a commitment to addressing water quality issues.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District officials presented a “Clean Marina” flag to Sunset Marina at Dale Hollow Lake in Monroe, Tenn., in celebration of the marina’s recertification in the Cumberland River Basin Clean Marina Partnership, a commitment to pollution prevention and water resource protection. Pictured (L-R) are Crystal Tingle, Nashville District; Jed Grubbs, Cumberland River Compact; Betsy Woods, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency; Park Ranger Sondra Carmen, Dale Hollow Lake; and Tom Allen, Sunset Marina. (Photo by Courtesy Asset)