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Welcome, Ohio Clean Marinas

Ohio Clean Marina Program, Welcome

The Ohio Clean Marinas Program is a proactive partnership designed to encourage marinas and boaters to use simple, innovative solutions to keep Ohio's coastal and inland waterway resources clean. The Program assists these operators in protecting the resources that provide their livelihood — clean water and fresh air.

The basic goal of the Program is environmental stewardship by making marinas and boaters more aware of environmental laws, rules and jurisdictions, and to get as many marinas as possible to follow best management practices and to be designated as “Clean Marinas.”


The Ohio Sea Grant College Program is developing the Ohio Clean Marinas Program in partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Soil and Water Conservation (Ohio Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program), Office of Coastal Management (Ohio Coastal Management Program), and Division of Watercraft; Ohio Department of Health; Ohio Environmental Protection Agency; Ohio Department of Commerce, State Fire Marshall Division; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, Greater Cleveland Boating Association, local health departments, local fire marshals, and marina and yacht club owners, and managers.

The Ohio Clean Marinas Program is being developed with financial assistance provided by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, administered by the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the ODNR — Office of Coastal Management and Division of Soil and Water Conservation to Ohio Sea Grant.

General Storm Water Permit Information for Ohio Marinas

Operators who conduct activities described by Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code 4493 (Marinas) and conduct boat maintenance activities may have their storm water discharges authorized by the general permit OHRM00001. One requirement of the permit is to develop and implement a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan. To assist marina operators with satisfying this requirement, Ohio EPA has developed a template plan, which the Ohio Clean Marinas Staff has completed with examples. This document is available as a link on the right side of this page. Ohio Clean Marinas may request additional assistance from the program coordinator. This assistance is provided to Ohio Clean Marinas free of charge as a benefit of participating in the program.

Visit EPA General Permit - Marinas for more information on Ohio EPA’s NPDES General Permit for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity from Marinas.

Contact Information

Sarah Orlando
Ohio Sea Grant Extension Educator
t: 419.609.4120
f: 419.609.4158