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Clean Marina Program FAQ
 


How does the NJDEP regulate above ground storage tanks?

The NJDEP issues two permits related to fueling activities from above ground storage tanks. A marina or boatyard must have a NJPDES stormwater permit (N.J.A.C. 7:14A) to perform fueling activities of any kind (dispensed from either aboveground or underground storage tanks), mechanical or engine repair activities, or boat maintenance activities (sanding, scraping, and power washing). An air permit (N.J.A.C. 7:27) is required if a marina dispenses gasoline or other volatile fuel products from an aboveground or underground storage tank greater than 2,000 gallons in volume.

 

A recommended best management practice (BMP) is the installation of a double-walled or vaulted above ground fuel tank. For more details, see page 19 of the Guidebook.

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How do I become a New Jersey Clean Marina?

It’s Easy! The comprehensive Guidebook contains information on the rules and regulations that apply to marinas as well as a list of voluntary BMPs. Download a copy of the Guidebook from this website or contact Mike Danko, NJMSC at 732-872-1300 ext 29 or via email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or Tali Engoltz, NJDEP at 609-633-2201 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for a free printed and/or CD-ROM version of the Guidebook. Sign the Clean Marina Pledge indicating that within one year you will identify opportunities to implement the BMPs in the Guidebook and comply with all regulations. Use the Self-assessment Checklist to evaluate your facility and determine your Clean Marina score. If it’s 80% or above contact Mike Danko to schedule a Confirmation Visit with members of the Clean Marina Committee.

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What are the benefits of becoming a Clean Marina?

Implementing the BMPs described in the Guidebook will enable you to generate new sources of revenue, reduce costs associated with waste disposal, and attract customers that will respect and follow good boating practices. You will be eligible for free guidance and technical assistance through site visits and at informational workshops. Your facility will receive recognition on the official NJ Clean Marina website and in future Clean Marina publications. Finally, you will experience the satisfaction of protecting New Jersey’s waterways and coastal resources.

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Is there information I can distribute to my tenants and the boaters at my facility?

YES! Included in the Guidebook are new and improved Clean Boating Tips Sheets. The topics covered include Vessel Cleaning and Maintenance, Petroleum Control, Vessel Sewage, and Waste Containment and Disposal. The NJ Clean Marina CD-ROM contains these tip sheets in Microsoft Word format. You can insert your marina’s contact information and logo and print copies for distribution at your facility.

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Is the NJ Clean Marina Program part of the Clean Vessel Act Program?

No, the NJ Clean Marina Program is a separate program. For more information on the CVA Program visit: www.njfishandwildlife.com/cvahome.htm

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I signed the pledge a year ago but I’m not ready for the Confirmation Visit. What should I do?

By signing the pledge you indicated that you would identify opportunities and implement practices to control pollution, enhance the surrounding environment, and encourage responsible boating. As long as you have demonstrated this commitment and have been making progress on these goals, your pledge can be extended. Contact Mike Danko ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Tali Engoltz ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and let them know that you are still working toward certification. The members of the Clean Marina Committee will be happy to work with you to complete the process. You can also contact other marinas who have successfully implemented the BMPs and have received Clean Marina certification. They may have hints, ideas, and suggestions for your facility. Click on the “List of Pledged and Certified Marinas” for the complete list.

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How do I properly handle a gasoline spill at my facility?

This is a difficult question where often, the answer is “it depends.” The NJDEP has advised containing and removing (using sorbent materials) a diesel fuel spill, regardless of the amount spilled or weather conditions. It is NJDEP’s policy that a “small” gasoline spill at a large/major facility should NOT be boomed as the threat of fire is greater that the threat to the environment. Practically speaking, a spill of a small amount of gasoline at a facility like a marina will most likely dissipate before any containment device or material can be deployed. Discharge of a large amount of gasoline can be contained, but with very stringent fire safety precautions in place. (The first step, of course, is to find the source and immediately cut it off.) The local fire department should be called and vapor suppressant foam used on the contained fuel. The marina should be closed immediately and all ignition sources shut down. A clean up contractor should be contacted and brought in to remove the gasoline.

 

The material Safety Data Sheet (MSDA) for regular unleaded gasoline offers additional helpful information and advice. Remember that gasoline spills emit flammable vapors so approach a spill from upwind if possible. Make every attempt to avoid breathing emitted vapors.

 

If you use sorbent pads to clean up a gasoline spill, they must be disposed of as EPA "IGNITABLE HAZARDOUS WASTE." Contact an approved treatment transporter/waster hauler. All used pads should be kept away from heat/sparks/open flame. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. The pads can be kept in a container approved for hazardous and flammable materials until they are collected by your waste hauler/transporter. Keep the container properly closed and plainly labeled.

 

Every effort should be made to prevent the spill from occurring in the first place by strictly adhering to maintenance of equipment and safety protocols at the marina.

 

Anytime an oil, diesel, or gasoline spill occurs you should call the National Response Center (800) 424-8802 and the NJDEP’s Discharge Response Unit (877) WARN DEP (927-6337) immediately.

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