DEEP: Twelve Connecticut Marinas and Yacht Yards Receive Recognition as "Connecticut Clean Marinas"

January 29, 2010
 
Twelve Connecticut Marinas and Yacht Yards Receive Recognition as "Connecticut Clean Marinas"
 
The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today recognized twelve marine facilities, including nine more of the of the Brewer family of Marinas, Yacht Yards and Shipyards in Connecticut, as recreational boating facilities to be certified as "Connecticut Clean Marinas."

At a ceremony at the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA) Hartford Boat Show, the Clean Marina certification was presented to nine Brewer group recreational boating facilities in Connecticut and to Spicer’s Marina in Noank, Reynolds Garage and Marine in Lyme, and Mystic Shipyard East in Mystic. DEP’s Clean Marina designation acknowledges the efforts of marinas and other boating facilities to go beyond regulatory compliance and participate in voluntary measures to keep Connecticut waters clean. With the addition of the twelve facilities today, there are now twenty-seven Clean Marinas in Connecticut.

Governor Rell said, "Connecticut’s Clean Marina program serves as an outstanding example of responsible use of our natural resources for recreational purposes. I commend the marina and shipyard owners and their excellent teams of marine facility managers for making commitments to go beyond regulatory compliance and participate in voluntary measures to keep Connecticut waters clean. Their efforts serve as models for other marinas, not only in Connecticut, but throughout all of New England."

Amey Marrella, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection said, "The DEP recognizes these exemplary facilities for their voluntary efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of their marina operation. We encourage all Connecticut marinas, yacht clubs, and boatyards to follow these examples and participate in this program, not only to keep Connecticut’s waterways clean and healthy, but also to maintain the quality of our waters for a variety of important recreational activities."

Grant Westerson, Executive Director of the Connecticut Marine Trades Association said, "The Connecticut Marine Trades Association is very pleased and proud to welcome this new class of a dozen Connecticut Clean Marinas.  These twelve are environmental leaders in their field and will help motivate the rest of the industry to embrace the Clean Marina program in the near future."

Jack Brewer, President, Brewer Yacht Yards said "Over the last several years, our companies have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars, as well as hundreds of man-hours, developing, implementing, and upgrading the environmental compliance systems and best management practices at each of our Brewer Yacht Yard facilities. This significant investment demonstrates our commitment to protecting the marine environment and the waters that support our industry. We are thrilled that our efforts are being recognized, at this time, by Connecticut’s DEP, as nine more of our yards are named "Clean Marinas" under the state’s certification program. We are proud to have achieved this status, and pledge to continue to do our part as well as to educate and inspire others to do the same."

Jeff Marshall, Manager, Mystic Shipyard East said," Mystic Shipyard East is honored to have been awarded the Clean Marina status. We have worked very diligently to be environmentally safe as well as teaching our customers to be as pro-active as possible. We live by the philosophy that a cleaner environment is a better environment which makes boating more enjoyable for all. We are thrilled that Mystic Shipyard East has been able to meet the requirements of the program and look forward to doing our part to continue to upgrade our facility to the highest standards in environmental compliance."

The twelve newly certified facilities include:

Clean
Marina
Number
Facility Name/Location Date of Certification 
 16th Spicer's Marina, Noank September 18, 2009 
 17th Reynolds Garage & Marine, Lyme September 18, 2009 
 18th Brewer Stratford Marina, Stratford September 28, 2009
 19th Brewer Dauntless Marina, Essex September 28, 2009 
 20th Brewer Yacht Yard at Mystic, Mystic September 28, 2009
 21st Brewer Dauntless Shipyard, Essex September 28, 2009 
 22nd Brewer Deep River Marina, Deep River November 12, 2009 
 23rd Brewer Ferry Point Marina, Old Saybrook November 20, 2009 
 24th Mystic Shipyard East, Mystic November 20, 2009 
 25th Brewer Bruce & Johnson's Marina, Branford December 4, 2009 
 26th Brewer Bruce & Johnson's Marina - West, Branford December 4, 2009 
 27th Brewer Yacht Haven Marina (West Yard), Stamford December 4, 2009 

These facilities offer a variety of services to marine customers including boat slips, deep water moorings, on-site services that include marine pumpouts, wood shops, boat repair and annual maintenance, seasonal vessel commissioning and decommissioning, vessel storage and more. A number of these facilities also offer on-site restaurants and swimming pools in addition to in-water recreational boating amenities.

Some of the voluntary efforts that these facilities have undertaken to reduce their impact on the environment include switching to green cleaning products, prohibiting the disposal of fish waste in the marina basins, 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 stores. Many of the facilities also offer spill proof oil changes to customers, provide oil/water separation services to remove oil from bilge water, use native plantings in the landscape, provide bags for customers to pick up pet waste for proper disposal, and recycle shrink-wrap both in the fall and spring from customers’ boats.

To become certified as a Connecticut Clean Marina, marina operators must show that their facility operates in compliance with all applicable environmental regulatory requirements, and illustrate voluntary operation at standards above and beyond compliance in seven categories: mechanical activities, painting and fiberglass repair, hauling and storing boats, fueling, facility management, emergency planning, and boater education. Certified Clean Marinas are authorized to fly a Clean Marina flag and to use the Clean Marina logo on their publications and letterhead. DEP will also promote certified Clean Marinas through the Clean Marina Program public outreach efforts.

Connecticut’s Clean Marina Program is a voluntary program that encourages marina operators to reduce nonpoint source pollution associated with the operation of recreational boating facilities in Connecticut’s inland and coastal waterbodies, and promotes clean water and clean air. Nonpoint sources of pollution occur when water runs over land, picks up pollutants, and deposits them in surface waters. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cites nonpoint source pollution as a leading cause of water quality problems throughout the United States. Any marina, boatyard, or yacht club on any inland or coastal body of water in Connecticut that meets the established criteria is eligible for voluntary certification as a Clean Marina. The first step to Clean Marina certification is to sign a Clean Marina Pledge.

These newly certified Clean Marina facilities join:

Saybrook Point Inn, Marina, and Spa  Old Saybrook 
Harry's Marine Repair Westbrook 
Shennecossett Yacht Club Groton 
Dodson Boatyard Stonington 
Milford Landing Marina Milford 
Guilford Town Marina Guilford 
Noank Village Boatyard Noank 
Gwenmor Marina Mystic 
Connors & O"Brien Marina Pawcatuck 
Mystic Shipyard West Mystic 
Three Belles Marina East Lyme 
Brewer Pilots Point Marina
   (South and East Yards & North Yard)
Westbrook 
Ritt's Marina Westbrook 
Beacon Point Marine Greenwich 

For more information about Connecticut’s Clean Marina Program, contact Kate Brown at 860-424-3652, e-mail kate.brown@ct.gov or Rick Huntley at 860-424-3609, e-mail rick.huntley@ct.gov.