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Commonly Needed Plans for Marinas

Marina operators need to prepare various plans in order to comply with applicable regulations. Here are templates for some of the most commonly needed documents.

  • The Clean Water act requires marine facilities that perform or allow vessel maintenance and/or pressure wash boats to obtain a General Permit for Discharges from Marinas from the Maryland Department of the Environment.

    The Maryland Department of the Environment released the newest version of this General Discharge Permit for Marinas on January 14, 2011. The effective date is March 1, 2011. Please visit the MDE website to read the Permit and learn more.

    Any facility covered by the General Discharge Permit must prepare a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and submit it electronically to MDE.  The Maryland Clean Marina Initiative has created a free template to assist Maryland marina operators in writing the required SWPPP. Marinas do not have to use this template but may find it helpful. MDE will also provide guidance on their website (above) to help marinas prepare the required SWPPP.

    NEW 2011 Stormwater Plan Template (SWPPP).
    Users should download the template and save it to their hard drive before completing the forms.

    See the Maryland Department of the Environment's Storm Water Plan Guidance here.

    The EPA also has an excellent document to guide you in writing your SWPPP. The EPA Guidance document is available HERE.

  • Use the Training Guide Adobe Acrobat file to plan and record your employee training. It provides a list of training topics, some of which are required by the General Permit for Discharges from Marinas.

  • The Emergency Response Plan Adobe Acrobat file offers a simple “recipe” for preparing an emergency response plan. A sample Fuel Spill Response Plan is included.

  • For information about obtaining the free Adobe Acrobat reader go to
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