Introduction

This document follows the guidelines of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality "Best Management Practices for Oregon Marinas”, the Oregon State Marine Board “Clean Marina Program” and Oregon Revised Statute 468B, OPA-90 and Clean Water Act.  

It discusses Best Management Practices (BMPs) for minimizing water quality impacts. Operations and maintenance activities at marinas are potential sources of a wide range of pollutants including sediments, heavy metals, antifoulants, hydrocarbons, solvents, antifreeze, acids and alkalis, surfactants, nutrients, bacteria, floatables and plastics.  Some of these pollutants – particularly heavy metals, solvents and hydrocarbons – may be toxic to aquatic life at low concentrations. 

Environmental Concerns

Operations and maintenance activities at the Charleston Marina facility includes dry storage, waste disposal, fuel handling, solid waste handling, structural maintenance and storm water management. These activities are potential sources of a wide range of pollutants. It is the intent of Port staff to operate this facility under Best Management Practices (BMPs) and in an environmentally responsible manner.  It is the responsibility of every user of the Charleston Marina facility to comply with published operating BMPs. It is the responsibility of the Charleston Harbormaster to enforce the contents of this document.