News: Buzzard Rock earns right to fly ‘Clean Marina’ flag
Story by Leon Roberts
KUTTAWA, Ky. – Buzzard Rock Resort and Marina raised the “Clean Marina” flag here, today, in a ceremony signifying its commitment to preserve and protect the environment at Lake Barkley.
The flag ceremony officially confirmed that the marina recently completed all requirements set forth in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Clean Marina Program.
Lt. Col. James A. DeLapp, Nashville District commander, presented Owner Wayne Pederson with the Clean Marina Flag and congratulated him for the marina’s certification as a “Clean Marina” and its commitment to reducing pollution and erosion in the Cumberland River watershed.
“It’s a big day and Mr. Pederson it’s a great privilege to be here, and have this be my first opportunity to present one of the Clean Marina flags and to have one of these ceremonies,” DeLapp said. “And you’re the first on Lake Barkley, which is a great achievement.”
The commander took time during the ceremony to recognize the marina’s commitment in being a Clean Marina, which is a voluntary Corps program promoting environmentally responsible marinas and boating.
Through the program Buzzard Rock Resort and Marina is better protecting the very resource that provides their livelihood, which is clean water. Some specific improvements made include sewage management, oil and gas control, solid waste and petroleum recycling, vessel maintenance and repair, marina site design and maintenance, storm water management and erosion control, and education, DeLapp noted.
“It shows you are willing to go the extra mile to make sure your marina is setting the standard for everyone else out here,” DeLapp said. “I greatly appreciate your efforts.”
In accepting the Clean Marina Flag, Pederson said, “I’m deeply honored receiving this designation. You know we only have one environment and to protect it just makes good sense. Buzzard Rock has always and will continue to care about the marine habitat, and the environment and clean water.”
Kentucky State Senator Kenneth W. Winters, 1st District, attended and shared how proud he is of the marina becoming a clean marina.
“I’ve lived in the lakes region all my life … I’m a lifelong participant here. I’m very congratulatory to Buzzard Rock, Wayne, and all his staff. I appreciate all of you from the corps being here.”
Lyon County Fiscal Court Judge Wade White also added his appreciation to Pederson for the marina’s achievement.
“I usually put in right over here at Poplar Creek to fish out here, and I’ve been driving by this place for years,” White said. “What you have done out here affects all of us, and all of Lyon County. I’m proud of this place and thank you for all you have done.”
Toni Rushing, Nashville District’s Western Kentucky Area Operations manager, presented Pederson with the Cumberland River Basin Clean Marina certificate and recognized other partners in the Clean Marina Program, which include the Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and the Cumberland River Compact.
“It’s totally voluntary, and we appreciate Buzzard Rock stepping out and being the first marina on (Lake) Barkley to participate in the program and to be certified,” Rushing said. “We appreciate your effort.”
Lake Barkley Park Ranger David Landis has been working with Buzzard Rock Resort and Marina during the entire Clean Marina process. He said they actually qualified for this last year but a tornado and damages to the marina postponed the ceremony until now.
“There is a lot of work involved with this,” Landis said. “People don’t think about what it takes, how we’re managing the water, how they’re managing the marina to keep the water as clean as possible for the visitors and patrons that come here.”
Landis added that the flag is symbolic that this is now a clean marina.
“It states that they are managing their fuels, they’re managing their waste, their setting is kept nice, everything is taken care of,” Landis said. “You don’t see Styrofoam floating around out here. Everything is encased out here. They are doing a very good job of making this a clean marina, clean water.”
There are six other marinas in the Nashville District that have previously achieved Clean Marina status. They are Willow Grove, Sunset and Mitchell Creek marinas at Dale Hollow Lake; Anchor High and Drakes Creek marinas at Old Hickory Lake; and Edgar Evins Marina at Center Hill Lake.
Green Turtle Bay Marina at Lake Barkley, Cedar Hill Marina at Dale Hollow Lake, State Dock Marina at Lake Cumberland, and Hurricane Marina at Center Hill Lake have pledged to become clean marinas.
For additional news, updates and information, please follow the Nashville District on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nashvillecorps and Lake Barkley at http://www.facebook.com/lakebarkley.