Industrial Compliance Activities
Over the last 20 years, the National Stormwater Center has assisted facilities with industrial activities. Marinas, which are one of the 13 major industries required to have and be in compliance with an NPDES stormwater permit, are in the Water Transportation sector. Some of our Florida volunteers have expressed concern that not all marinas have NPDES stormwater discharge permits, so we have been locating and researching marinas, beginning in Florida, that may be non-compliant with current permitting laws.
If we find marinas that are non-compliant, we determine if they qualify for a permit. A permit is required if the marina has a discharge and carries pollutants. Marina industrial activities that can add pollutants to water via stormwater discharges include painting and washing boats, boat maintenance and repair, and fueling. For those facilities that are in non-compliance, we send a letter informing them of their lawful obligations. We also send a copy of that letter to the regulatory authority which, in this case, is the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).
If a marina needs assistance gaining compliance, we can help with varying levels of support, depending on their needs. We are able to assist with Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) templates or plan development, filing a Notice of Intent (NOI), and providing required annual staff training.
For more information on whether your business needs a permit, or for assistance with an existing permit, contact our office at 888.527.5404.