Connecticut's Clean Marinas
Certified Connecticut Clean Marinas are recognized by the DEEP for their voluntary efforts to operate at standards above and beyond regulatory compliance. CT Clean Marinas have taken great strides to implement practices which minimize the pollution from mechanical activities, painting and fiberglass repair, hauling and storing boats, fueling, facility management, emergency planning and boater education. (Note: The following links exit the DEEP Website)
- Saybrook Point Inn, Marina & Spa, Old Saybrook
DEEP awarded Saybrook Point Inn Marina and Spa in Old Saybrook the first Clean Marina certification in June 2003. The 120-slip marina, part of a larger hotel/spa complex at the mouth of the Connecticut River, has a boat sewage pumpout station open to the public, and collects and recycles used oil, spent lead-acid batteries, newspapers, cardboard, and bottles and cans from its customers. The marina also prevents drips and spills at the fuel dock, and has a pet walking area equipped with disposal bags. Marina staff informs customers about clean boating practices through a quarterly customer newsletter.
- Harry’s Marine Repair, Westbrook
In July 2003, DEEP honored Harry’s Marine Repair, a 76-slip facility located on the Patchogue River in Westbrook, as the first marina/full-service boatyard certified as a Connecticut Clean Marina. Harry’s Marine Repair reuses used antifreeze to winterize the pumpout systems, requires that only dustless vacuum sanders be used for sanding boats, stores customers’ small gas tanks within the secondary containment area for the above-ground gasoline tank, and encourages customers to protect their boats with reusable covers in the winter by providing summer storage for the tarps, thereby reducing the solid waste associated with shrink wrap.
The marina also collects and either reuses or recycles bottles and cans, used oil, used antifreeze, waste batteries, even scrap metal and spent zinc anodes. The marina has a custom-designed boat sewage pumpout and dump station available to the public, and provides bags for disposal of pet waste. Harry’s Marine Repair educates customers about their environmental practices by distributing clean boating flyers, and willingly takes customer suggestions on how to improve environmental practices.
3. Shennecossett Yacht Club, Groton
Shennecossett Yacht Club received Clean Marina certification on Monday, May 31, 2004 as part of their Commissioning Day ceremony. Shennecossett Yacht Club, a 191 slip and 37 mooring facility for both sail- and powerboats is located on Pine Island Bay in Groton. Some of the highlighted environmental practices at Shennecossett Yacht Club include collecting and recycling waste antifreeze, oil and lead-acid batteries from customers, and training fuel dock staff to reduce drips and spills of gasoline and diesel fuel by fueling boats carefully using absorbent materials and fuel vent cups to collect overflow and small drips.
Additionally, the yacht club has strict rules for contractors and "do-it-yourselfer" members to ensure that potential pollutants are not released into the environment during boat maintenance activities, including, but not limited to abrasive blasting, paint spraying, scraping, sanding and painting boats. The yacht club also provides members and the general public with a pumpout station for proper disposal of boat sewage.
4. Dodson Boatyard, Stonington
Dodson Boatyard Clean Marina received Clean Marina certification on Friday, September 3, 2004. Dodson Boatyard, a full service marina and boatyard has 118 moorings and 35 slips located in Stonington Harbor. Dodson Boatyard has a pumpout station for proper disposal of boat sewage, and recycles typical boating wastes from used antifreeze, cans and bottles, to scrap metal. In their maintenance shop, Dodson staff promotes environmental protection by using more environmentally friendly water-based parts cleaners and a recycling parts washer.
As standard practices, Dodson Boatyard staff places oil absorbent pads under the engines of every vessel on which they work, and only sands with dustless vacuum sanders. All Dodson staff are well trained each year in environmental health and safety topics, and attend monthly safety meetings to address topics of immediate concern, as part of the facility's Risk Management Program. The attention to detail creates a safer workplace, and a cleaner environment.
5. Milford Landing Marina, Milford
Milford Landing Marina received Clean Marina certification on September 22, 2004. Milford Landing Marina, a municipally run, transient-only facility located on Milford Harbor, has 36 slips for the general public and four slips reserved for commercial fishermen. Milford Landing Marina has a boat sewage pumpout station, recycles bottles and cans, keeps trash containers covered and tied down, and even provides for the proper disposal of pet waste. Staff at Milford Landing Marina are trained in spill response, and have access to a spill response kit in case of an emergency. A vegetated buffer and a gravel parking area at the facility help to filter potential pollutants from stormwater runoff, and the public is welcome to walk along the marina site, which is connected by a pedestrian bridge to a public park across the harbor.
6. Guilford Town Marina, Guilford
Guilford Town Marina received Clean Marina certification on December 5, 2006. Guilford Town Marina is a municipally-run marina providing seasonal slips and moorings for town residents and other boat owners. Guilford Town Marina has a boat launch for the general public and marina facilities for slip owners. The marina staff recycles bottles and cans, keeps trash containers covered and tied down, and even provides for the proper disposal of pet waste. Staff at Guilford Town Marina are trained in spill response, and have access to a spill response kit in case of an emergency. The public is welcome to enjoy views of Long Island Sound from the town property, where benches are provided for public use.
7. Noank Village Boatyard, Noank
Noank Village Boatyard received Clean Marina certification on December 15, 2006. Noank Village Boatyard is a full service boatyard located in Noank, CT at the mouth of the Mystic River. Noank Village Boatyard provides easy access to Fishers Island Sound as well as Long Island Sound. It also provides 51 dock slips for seasonal and transient customers. The boatyard owns 120 moorings in the Mystic River accommodating vessels with up to 12-foot drafts. The boatyard also stores around 130 vessels on the upland during the winter season.
8. Gwenmor Marina, Mystic
Gwenmor Marina received Clean Marina certification on December 15, 2006. Gwenmor Marina is located on the Stonington (East) side of the Mystic River, just south of the Amtrak railroad bridge crossing the river. Gwenmor Marina is a full service marina with roughly 76 slips for both sail and powerboats. Gwenmor Marina does not have a fueling station on site.
9. Connors and O'Brien Marina, Pawcatuck
Connors & O’Brien received Clean Marina certification on February 23, 2007. Connors and O’Brien is a full service marina located on the Pawcatuck River in Pawcatuck, CT. The marina provides engine service, 74 dock slips and winter storage to vessels up to 27 feet in length. About 90% of the vessels stored in the wintertime are provided with rack storage.
10. Mystic Shipyard, Mystic
Mystic Shipyard West received Clean Marina certification on April 27, 2007. Mystic Shipyard West is a full service marina located on the Mystic River in West Mystic (Groton), CT. The yard offers 155 deep-water slips with room for transients up to 150 feet in length as well as winter storage and a riverfront swimming pool. The yard offers both indoor and outdoor dry dock storage for vessels. Other services provided include rigging, carpentry, mechanical, paint and fiberglass repair. The facility does not have a fueling station on site.
Three Belles Marina received Clean Marina certification on April 5, 2008. Three Belles Marina is a family-owned and operated, full-service marina. The marina is located on Smith Cove in Niantic, and has 150 fixed and floating slips as well as a mooring field that holds 28 vessels up to 26’ with a maximum 2.5’ draft. Three Belles’ indoor storage facility can house 72 boats up to 30’ in length, and their outdoor rack system can hold 50 more. Each of their 4 docks has dock carts, trash bins and recycling containers, the marina also has a gas and diesel fueling station.
Three Belles Marina provides a berth for the Niantic River pumpout boat and has a portable pumpout station for emergency use. There is also a station for proper pet waste disposal. The marina offers picnic areas, a swimming pool, restrooms and showers and an onsite deli. Anglers can enjoy a fish cleaning station which encourages the proper disposal of fish waste. Three Belles Marina is an eco-friendly marina working to keep our waters clean.
12. Ritt's Marine Center, Westbrook
Ritt’s Marine Center received Clean Marina certification on September 9, 2008. Ritt’s Marine Center is located on the west side of the Patchogue River south of the “Singing Bridge” in Westbrook. This family-operated marina provides slips for up to 75 boats and offers sales and maintenance of vessels. There are areas clearly designated for trash collection, and for recycling of oil and both lead-acid and nickel-cadmium batteries.
Ritt’s Marine Center uses biodegradable, environmentally friendly cleaning compounds for marine vessel maintenance. They also provide bags for proper pet waste disposal. With the addition of Ritt’s Marine Center to the Clean Marina Certification program, a growing number of marine facilities in Westbrook are helping to protect our resources.
13 & 14. Brewer Pilots Point Marina, Westbrook
Brewer Pilots Point Marina’s South & East yards and North Yard received Clean Marina certifications on September 8, 2008. Brewer Pilots Point is one of the state’s largest marinas, boasting 863 slips in their three separate yards, with dockage accommodating vessels to 130’ in length and up to 14’ draft. This marina offers indoor and outdoor dry dock storage for vessels, gas and diesel fuel at the fuel dock, and pumpout stations as well as marina-owned pumpout boats. Other services provided include rigging, carpentry, mechanical, paint and fiberglass repair. Maintenance, repair and restoration of recreational, commercial and competitive vessels occur year round.
The marina practices eco-friendly cleaning methods by using green products that reduce environmental impacts. There are numerous trash and recycling receptacles as well as stations for the proper disposal of pet waste. Brewer Pilots Point also provides anglers a fish cleaning station with receptacles for fish waste. The South Yard offers the onsite restaurant Boom Westbrook overlooking the armada of world class yachts within the marina. Amenities on site include picnic areas, 2 tennis courts, a basketball court, a sand volleyball court, 2 pavilions and 2 club houses. All in all, Brewer Pilots Point offers all the services one would expect from a resort, and does so in an environmentally friendly way.
15. Beacon Point Marine, Cos Cob
Beacon Point Marine, Inc., a marina and water club facility located on the west bank of the Mianus River in Greenwich, received Clean Marina certification in August 2009. Beacon Point Marine is located approximately 1.7 miles north of Long Island Sound, and provides services including new and pre-owned boat sales, small diesel mechanical services, boat maintenance, winterization and commissioning, gasoline fuel sales, boat slip rentals, seasonal boat storage and boat hauling and launching. Beacon Point Marine conserves energy by burning used oil generated on site to fuel a space heater in the marine service building. The marina has installed a system for collection and advanced treatment of boat bottom pressure washing wastewater to protect water quality in the Mianus River and Long Island Sound.
Beacon Point Marine maintains a free pumpout station at the fuel dock. The marina is also serviced by the Soundkeeper’s pumpout boat. The marina provides for recycling of materials generated by employees and customers including glass and metal food/beverage containers, corrugated cardboard, office paper and newspaper, leaves and grass clippings, scrap metal, used oil, lead acid batteries, and nickel-cadmium batteries. Beacon Point Marine also requires that shrinkwrap be recycled, that customers use dustless sanders when working on vessels, and that less toxic propylene glycol antifreeze be used and recycled for winterization of boats.
16. Spicer’s Marina, Noank
Spicer’s Marina is located on West Cove in Noank, and is a full-service marina and boatyard with 444 slips and a deep water mooring field for an additional 140 boats. Spicer’s Marina provides on-site services that include electronics, rigging, fiberglass expertise, wood shops, and emergency engine and hull repair. The facility’s voluntary efforts to reduce their impact on the environment include switching to green cleaning products, prohibiting the disposal of fish waste in the marina basin, refraining from using any pesticides or fertilizers on site, providing convenient recycling containers for customers and staff to use for plastic, glass and metal food and beverage containers, and providing clean boating information to customers in the ships store. Spicer’s Marina designed and installed an innovative new system to collect wastewater from boat bottom pressure washing activities, which is a requirement of the Clean Water Act. This is an example for other marine facilities to follow.
17. Reynolds Garage & Marine, Lyme
Reynolds Garage & Marine, Inc. received Clean Marina certification on September 18, 2009. This marina is a small full-service facility on Hamburg Cove in Lyme. The facility has approximately 30 slips for vessels up to 48 feet long. The site boasts a historic marine railway. Vessels that are not trailered are hauled on this railway for winter storage or for repair, and are stored indoors and outdoors. Much of the site, especially near the water, is unpaved. This facility is unusual in that it is also the location of an automobile dealership and repair facility.
The facility’s voluntary efforts to reduce its impact on the environment include burning used oil collected at the marina and dealership in a used oil furnace, utilizing oil filter crushing equipment effectively removing residual oil from filters rendering them recyclable as scrap metal, offering spill proof oil changes to its customers, providing extensive native plantings in the landscape, providing bags for customers to pick up pet waste for proper disposal, and recycling shrink-wrap from customers’ boats.
18. Brewer Stratford Marina, Stratford
Marie Holdings of Stratford, Inc. d/b/a Brewer Stratford Marina (BSM) received Clean Marina certification on September 28, 2009. This facility is a full-service boatyard with 181 seasonal slips located about a mile and a half up the Housatonic River. Heads, showers, laundry, cable TV, a swimming pool, and marine supplies are all available for customers. Off season, the boatyard services and stores roughly 200 vessels. The boatyard has a staff that performs boat maintenance, but does allow do-it-yourselfer maintenance. About 65% of BSM’s clientele are power boaters, and the remaining 35% are sail boaters.
BSM follows many "good housekeeping" techniques to prevent potential pollutants from entering stormwater runoff. BSM minimizes impervious surfaces on-site, as most of the facility is covered in gravel. All dumpsters are covered and plugged, all waste storage areas have secondary containment and are either located indoors or under a shed roof, use of vacuum sanders is required even when sanding is conducted indoors or under cover, and bags are provided for cleanup of pet waste.
19. Brewer Dauntless Marina, Essex
Brewer Dauntless Marina (BDM) in Essex received Clean Marina certification on September 28, 2009. This facility provides boat dockage and moorings, off-season boat storage, pump out services, and gas and diesel fuel sales. Floating docks with finger piers extend eastward into the Connecticut River. The floating docks provide approximately 33 boat slips, and there are approximately 55 moorings in the Connecticut River serviced and maintained by BDM.
BDM does not provide any boat hauling services, and does not perform any boat bottom washing, sanding or painting. As major maintenance work is conducted at the nearby sister facility, Brewer Dauntless Shipyard, waste generation is minimal at this site. Marina patrons are not permitted to perform any boat sanding or painting on their boats at the facility. Dumpsters are kept covered.
20. Brewer Yacht Yard at Mystic, Mystic
Brewer Yacht Yard at Mystic received Clean Marina certification on September 28, 2009. This facility is a full-service marina that provides 222 seasonal slips, boat hauling, off-season boat storage, boat repair, maintenance and mechanical services, boating equipment sales, marine fuel sales, and pump-out services. Brewer Yacht Yard at Mystic also provides marina patron amenities such as a pool, laundry facilities, showers and heads, and picnic areas. A snack shop is also located on the property. All chemicals are kept under cover, most of the yard is gravel and therefore pervious, and customers and staff are required to use vacuum sanders and tarps when prepping and painting boats.
21. Brewer Dauntless Shipyard, Essex
River Properties, Inc. d/b/a Brewer Dauntless Shipyard (BDS), received Clean Marina certification on September 28, 2009. This facility is a 105-slip marina located on the Connecticut River in Essex, Connecticut. BDS stores roughly 225 boats during the winter months. BDS services boats for mechanical, fiberglass, paint & carpentry work. Normal seasonal maintenance is also performed on all vessels. The facility has a swimming pool and a pumpout station. Numerous practices to reduce potential pollution have been implemented at BDS.
BDS follows good housekeeping techniques to keep potential pollutants from entering stormwater runoff. These techniques include conducting debris-producing maintenance indoors and/or requiring dustless vacuum sanders to be used. Customers are required to use tarps under vessels when working on them. Waste materials such as used oil, used antifreeze, waste paint brushed, rollers and paint solids, boat bottom sanding dust and waste solvent contaminated rags are protected from the elements inside the environmental recycling shed. Pet owners are required to keep their pets on leashed and to clean up after them. Paved area is limited to roadways; crushed stone is used for seasonal boat storage and vehicle parking.
22. Brewer Deep River Marina, Deep River
BDRM Inc., d/b/a Brewer Deep River Marina, received Clean Marina certification on November 12, 2009. This facility is a full-service marina and boatyard located on the Connecticut River in Deep River, CT. The facility has 283 seasonal boat slips in addition to 8 mooring floats which can accommodate two vessels each. The marina has a fuel dock and pumpout station as well as a swimming pool and ships store.
Customers and staff use vacuum sanders and place tarps under vessels when working on them. Dumpsters are kept closed and the waste management area is under cover. Paved area is limited onsite. There are four pet waste stations at the facility and there is a vegetated buffer along a portion of the shoreline. Staff routinely polices the grounds to pick up and properly dispose of any discarded debris, including cigarette butts, thereby minimizing contamination of stormwater.
23. Brewer Ferry Point Marina, Old Saybrook
BFPM Inc., d/b/a Brewer Ferry Point Marina, received Clean Marina certification on November 20, 2009. This facility occupies approximately 9.8 acres of contiguous property located on a channel on the west side of Ferry Point, which is on the west bank of the Connecticut River in Old Saybrook. Brewer Ferry Point Marina provides a range of marine services including mechanical, electrical and finishing services on boats and motors, rental boat slips, boat winterization and commissioning, hauling and launching, and boat storage. The facility has approximately 140 seasonal slips, a fuel dock, pumpout station, marine portable head dump station, and a swimming pool.
Customers and staff are required to use vacuum sanders and place tarps under vessels when working on them; dumpsters are kept closed and chemicals are stored under cover. Customers are required to clean up after their pets. Use of fertilizers is minimized onsite. Staff picks up all garbage and cigarette butts each day as part of the regular dock inspection.
24. Mystic Shipyard East, Mystic
Mystic Shipyard East received Clean Marina certification on November 20, 2009. This facility is located across the Mystic River from Mystic Shipyard West. Mystic Shipyard East offers 115 slips for boats up to 40' in length. Mystic Shipyard East provides full-service for all summer and winter storage customers by staff from Mystic Shipyard West. The facility has a pumpout station and a travel lift.
Dustless vacuum sanders are available for customers to rent while conducting debris-producing maintenance on their boats. Customers and staff are also required to use drop cloths and tarps while working on boats. The site is also pitched to prevent stormwater runoff from entering the marina basin; all stormwater infiltrates or evaporates. Bags are provided for picking up after pets. Use of fertilizers is minimized.
25. Brewer Bruce & Johnson's Marina, Branford
Bruce and Johnson’s Branford Marina, Inc., d/b/a Brewer Bruce & Johnson’s Marina, received Clean Marina certification on December 4, 2009. This facility is a full-service marina and boatyard located on the Branford River, one mile from the center of Branford Harbor. There are roughly 500 seasonal slips and 15 seasonal moorings at the facility. The facility has pumpout station and a swimming pool and offers complete yacht service.
Customers and staff are required to use vacuum sanders and place tarps under vessels when working on them; dumpsters are kept closed and all chemical storage is under cover as well. Customers are required to clean up after their pets. Paved area is limited onsite. This facility is a primary offloading site for the pumpout boat.
26. Brewer Bruce & Johnson’s Marina – West, Branford
BGPM, Inc., d/b/a Brewer Bruce & Johnson’s Marina – West, received Clean Marina certification on December 4, 2009. This facility is located on the Branford River approximately 0.75 miles upriver from the Branford Harbor, Long Island Sound. Bruce & Johnson’s West includes about 226 boat slips, marine fuel sales, seasonal boat storage, boat hauling and launching and shrink-wrapping. A minimal amount of mechanical services are performed at Bruce & Johnson’s West by marina staff. Most boat maintenance and mechanical services are performed at the Bruce & Johnson’s Marina facility located on the opposite side of the Branford River.
The marina yard consists of both asphalt and crushed stone covered parking areas utilized for vehicle parking and seasonal boat storage. Customers and staff are required to use vacuum sanders and place tarps under vessels when working on them; dumpsters are kept closed and chemicals are stored under cover. Paved area is limited onsite. Bags are provided for customers to pick up after their pets.
27. Brewer Yacht Haven Marina, Stamford
SH Lease Corp., d/b/a Brewer Yacht Haven Marina (BYHM), received Clean Marina certification on December 4, 2009. This facility is a full-service marina and boatyard that provides rental slip space and moorings, off-season boat storage, boat repair, maintenance and mechanical services, boating equipment sales, and pump-out services. Brewer Yacht Haven Marina also provides marina patron amenities such as showers and heads. The facility has a fuel service dock and nineteen (19) floating docks which provide approximately 630 boat slips.
The facility is located on approximately 14 acres of land located on a peninsula in Stamford Harbor, approximately one mile inland from Long Island Sound. Dustless sanders and tarps are required when debris-producing maintenance is conducted; all chemicals are stored under cover; and the use of pavement is limited in the yard. All dumpsters are kept covered and a pet waste station is provided.
28. Port Niantic, East Lyme
Port Niantic received Clean Marina certification on November 19, 2010. This facility is located on the Niantic River in East Lyme and provides 81 deep water slips and 100 indoor storage racks with valet launch service. Both indoor and outdoor winter storage is available. Port Niantic is a full service boatyard with clean restrooms, a pumpout cart and two fish cleaning stations. Other amenities include a picnic area with gas grills.
Customers and staff are required to use vacuum sanders and place tarps under vessels when working on them; dumpsters are kept closed and all chemical storage is under cover as well. Paved area is limited onsite and customers are provided with plastic bags to transport their wastes offsite.
29. Don's Dock, Stonington
Don's Dock, LLC received Clean Marina certification on November 19, 2010. This facility is located on Lamberts Cove in Stonington, CT and has 82 dock slips, 11 moorings and a fueling station. Don’s Dock provides various boating services, constructs and services docks and moorings, conducts seasonal hull maintenance, hauling and launching services and stores up to 125 boats during the winter season. In 2009 new bathroom facilities were constructed for its customers. Also on site is a small bait shop.
PMW Marine, LLC leases a bay in the yard building and provides professional mechanical services. Stonington Boat Builders leases another bay at the marina and provides marine carpentry and boat building services. Most boats serviced at Don’s Dock are between 12 and 23 feet. The average size seasonal dockage customer is 17 feet in length.
A vegetative buffer separates the upland and the marina basin. Most boat bottom maintenance is done indoors. Dustless sanders are used. Tarps are laid down under boats when staff and customers are conducting debris producing maintenance. Pet waste bags are provided to visitors.
Pledged facilities have committed to become certified Clean Marinas within one year of their pledge date. (Note: The following links exit the DEEP Website)
Boat Works of South Windsor, South Windsor
Branford Landing Marina, Branford
Candlewood East Marina, Brookfield
Candlewood Lake Authority, Sherman
Captain's Cove Marina, Bridgeport
Cedar Island Marina, Clinton
Chrisholm Marina, Chester
Clinton Yacht Haven, Clinton
Crocker's Boatyard, New London
Essex Island Marina, Essex
Fort Rachel Marina, Mystic
Greenhaven Marina, Pawcatuck
Guilford Boatyards, Inc., Guilford
Milford Boatworks, Milford
Norwest Marine, Pawcatuck
Petzold's Marine Center, Portland
Pine Island Marina, Groton
Rex Marine Center, Norwalk
Seaboard Marina, South Glastonbury
Spencer's Marina, Milford
Clean Marina Program
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