Marina and Yacht Club Debris

Proper waste handling and disposal are an integral part of the good housekeeping practices that must be implemented at all marinas. Waste should be managed in designated areas that are covered where feasible and/or designed to limit run-on and runoff and/or be located away from the storm water conveyance system. Wastes should also be stored in covered, leak-proof containers.

Marina and Yacht Club Best Management Practices

  1. Require immediate cleanup of spills of chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers and soils.
  2. All marinas and yacht clubs that have potted plants must place them in secondary containment trays.
  3. Require boaters to use trays for all potted plants set on the docks to prevent fertilizer from entering the waterways.
  4. Recommend mixing fertilizers and potting of plants on land, not on the dock.
  5. Ensure pets are not permitted to run free within the marina.
  6. Ensure pet owners clean up after their pets in the marina.
  7. All pet waste will be properly disposed of in toilet or trash.
  8. Marinas and yacht clubs will be encouraged to provide disposal bags for pet owners to use when disposing of pet waste in the dumpsters.
  9. Encourage dry methods of cleaning parking areas, especially where deposits have accumulated, with sand or other acceptable material, and then swept up.

Boater Best Management Practices

  1. Boaters can prevent overboard disposal by returning all refuge to shore for disposal.
  2. Inform boaters that hazardous waste cannot be deposited in garbage cans.
  3. Encourage the use of recyclable materials and use of non-Styrofoam, non toxic, biodegradable or reusable cups, plates, silverware to minimize the amount of debris that ends up in waterways.
  4. Boaters should remember what is put into the water should be something they would not mind swimming with.

Sidebars represent changes incorporated in CMP Manual_revised 2_28_12.