Department of Environmental Protection Connecticut’s CLEAN MARINA / CLEAN BOATER PROGRAMS Presented by Eleanor Marianifor NASBLA, October 29, 2003, Virginia Beach, VA Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
CT’s Clean Marina Program is:A voluntary program which gives coastal and inland marina managers the resources they need to minimize pollution. The program alsorecognizes environmentally responsible facilities as certified CT Clean Marinas. certified CT Clean Marinas.
Why We Developed The Program• 320 coastal & 30 inland marinas• Over 110,000 registered boats• Federal 6217 requirement to improve stormwater management from hull maintenance areas• Use incentives to encourage businesses to go above and beyond compliance• Recognize the environmental efforts of state’s marinas
Program Development JOINT OLISP MANAGEMENT BOATING(coastal management) DIVISION STEERING INTERNAL COMMITTEE ADVISORY (OUTSIDE DEP) (INSIDE DEP) OTHER STATES & REGIONAL WORKGROUP
Program Funding• Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grant (Clean Water Act)• Section 310 of the CZMA• Long Island Sound Fund Grant• Long Island Sound Study• State Boating Funds
Who qualifies for certification? Any marina, boatyard, oryacht club on any inland or coastal body of water in Connecticut which, after aself-assessment, meets 90% of the criteria listed in the Clean Marina Award Checklist.
What are the benefits of certification? Every certified Clean Marina will receive: 1. a Clean Marina Flag 2. use of the Clean Marina logo 3. a framed certificate 4. DEP recognition & publicity –press releases –web page –events
How are Marinas Certified?Interested marina operators:Sign a Clean Marina PledgeConduct a Self-AssessmentAsk questionsHost a confirmation visit with DEP staffMaintain Clean Marina status
1 Resource for Self-Assessment st CT Clean Marina GuidebookActivity-basedCompliance Info.Best Management Practice (BMP) Info.
CLEAN MARINA ACTIVITIES•Mechanical•Painting and Fiberglass Repair•Hauling and Storing Boats•Fueling•Facility Management•Emergency Planning•Boater Education
2 Resource for Self-Assessment ndMarina Compliance ChecklistEPCRA RequirementsHazardous Waste Mmt.Used Oil ManagementSolid Waste ManagementSPCC PlansStormwater General PermitsMiscellaneous Reqs.
3rd Resource for Self-AssessmentCLEAN MARINA AWARD CHECKLISTMechanical ActivitiesPainting and Fiberglass RepairHauling and Storing BoatsFuelingFacility ManagementEmergency PlanningBoater Education
Program OutreachMarina operator workshopsOne-time cost share assistance grantsTechnical assistanceWeb page & newsletterClean Boater Program
Clean Boater ProgramClean Boater PledgeTip CardClean Boater Action GuideClean Boater PacketsBoating Education Assistants Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
Clean Boater Pledge I pledge to be a Clean Boater and to make the sound choice to keep Connecticuts waterwaysclean. I pledge to keep fuel, sewage, plastics, trash, spent fishing line, and invasive species out of thewater, to clean my boat responsibly, and to dispose of all wastes properly.
Clean Boating in Connecticut Action Guide for Boaterss Boat Maintenance and Repairs Engine Maintenances Hazardous Waste Disposals Bilge Water, Sewage and Gray Waters Garbage, Fish Waste, Pet Waste and Marine Debris
Clean Boating in Connecticut Action Guide for Boaterss Protecting Habitats Safety and Boat Operations References/Who to Call