Two Marinas Get Highest Rating For Cutting Waste

By Rachel Pritchett

The Bremerton and Port Orchard marinas have both received five-star EnviroStars Program ratings from the Kitsap County Health District.

Five stars is the highest rating in the program that encourages businesses and other entities to reduce hazardous waste while giving consumers tools to identify them. Recipients receive EnviroStars certification and are recognized as leaders in preventing hazardous waste and recycling solid waste. 

It is the first EnviroStars designation for the new Bremerton Marina, which opened in 2008, and an upgrade from a four-star EnviroStars rating for the Port Orchard Marina.

Both facilities are operated by the Port of Bremerton, and the port’s director of marine facilities said receiving the designation also meant educating boaters so that they comply with rules to keep the marinas clean. 

“The port takes great pride in partnering with our marina tenants, visiting boaters and the local community to promote environmental stewardship,” Steve Slaton said.

The Port Orchard Marina’s rating was improved following an update to a handout for boaters outlining rules for maintenance and sewage handling, Slaton said. The EnviroStars ratings place both marinas in the Clean Marina Washington program, an incentive-based certification program in which marinas monitor and improve their operations to help protect the environment.

Cheryl Kincer, president of the port’s board of commissioners, said, “These facilities add to the recreational opportunities for our citizens, are great economic development assets, and now set the most appropriate example in protecting the environment.”

Among other port marinas, Brownsville Marina, Bremerton Yacht Club and Eagle Harbor Marina also have five-star ratings, awarded in 2005.

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