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Stormwater Best Management Practices for Marinas

OHSU-POST-1516: Stormwater Best Management Practices for Marinas

Published: Apr 28, 2016
Last Modified: May 18, 2016
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In 2008, the Ohio EPA implemented the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Industrial Activity from Marinas. The permit covers any marinas in Ohio that conduct industrial boat maintenance activities including rehabilitation, repair, painting and certain equipment cleaning operations. The Ohio Clean Marinas Program is a proactive partnership designed to encourage marinas to use simple, innovative solutions to keep Ohio’s coastal and inland waterway resources clean. The basic goal of the program is environmental stewardship by making marina operators more aware of environmental laws, rules and jurisdictions. The Best Management Practices (BMP) Guidebook discusses specific practices that marinas should voluntarily implement to control impacts to water quality and habitat from marina operation and maintenance activities. A case study of Piedmont Marina in Freeport, Ohio was developed to highlight successful stormwater BMPs and provide guidance for retrofitting existing marinas to comply with NPDES requirements or to improve water quality.