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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:

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Clean Marina Programs

Last updated: January 21, 2011

  Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Clean Marina Program, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd. MS #30, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
850-245-2100 (phone) / 850-245-2159 (fax) 
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