Fish-Tale Marina, Fort Myers Beach
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater program regulates
point source discharges of stormwater into surface waters from certain municipal, industrial
and construction activities. In October 2000, the US Environmental Protection Agency
authorized the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to implement the NPDES
stormwater permitting program in the State of Florida. As such, DEP is responsible for
rule-making and issuing permits, managing and reviewing
permit applications, and performing compliance and enforcement activities.
Marinas and boatyards are two (Sector Q and Sector R) categories of industrial activity that must
obtain a generic NPDES permit. An essential component of the permit involves creating and
implementing a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). The SWPPP is a comprehensive plan,
designed to identify and implement site-specific Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce or
prevent pollutants associated with industrial activities from entering storm water discharges.
The plan must be kept on-site at all times. When applicable, marinas must obtain the NPDES permit
and have a SWPPP to become a designated Clean Marina.
Resources to assist in obtaining a NPDES Permit and creating a SWPPP: