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The information and resources found in this section will assist marine business in implementing practices to support their clean marine business efforts.

Educational Workshops

CLICK HERE to view Marinas and Yacht Clubs Spill Response Communication Workshops.
Marinas and yacht clubs are invited to two free seminars that present oil spill response resource information. The seminar will cover information on:
  • California's oil spill response structure
  • Office of Spill Prevention and Response Equipment Grants
  • Third party claim process
  • General information on oil spill kits for boating facilities
  • California’s new Marinas and Yacht Clubs Spill Response Communication Packet
  • Tools and resources available to increase communication capabilities between boating facilities and the Office of Emergency Services during an oil spill.
Key presenters include: California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways and California Coastal Commission's Boating Clean and Green Program. These workshops are presented in partnership with the California Association of Harbormasters and Port Captains, Marina Recreation Association, and the Clean Marinas California Program.

You MUST REGISTER to attend.
(First come first serve, maximum capacity 40 people per training)

  • Date and Time: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 8:45 am to 11:30 pm
  • Location: Emergency Operations Center Rio Vista Fire Department (350 Main Street Rio Vista, CA 94571
  • Parking: Free parking available at the facility.
  • Registration Deadline: September 14, 2018
  • Registration:  Call Vivian Matuk at (415) 904-6905 or at

 See the flyer for further information


AIS pose serious threats to water delivery systems, hydroelectric facilities, agriculture, boating, fishing, and the environment. Recreational activities, including boating and fishing, can spread AIS from infested waters to uninfested waters. Therefore, everyone accessing waters should take simple actions to avoid spreading AIS each time they leave a waterbody.

The California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways, the California Coastal Commission, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are offering free seminars to teach the public their role in combating AIS.

Workshops participants will:
  • Gain an understanding of the impacts AIS have on the economy and environment;
  • learn to recognize AIS in their region;
  • learn how to take action and prevent spreading AIS by inspecting and cleaning equipment and watercraft.
  • These seminars are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Below is a listing of the seminars:

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 (You must register to attend by Monday, March 25)
Time: 8:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Location: 45211 County Rd 32B (Chiles Rd) Davis, CA 95618
Parking: Free parking available at the facility.
Lunch: Purchase lunch at a nearby restaurant or bring your own lunch.s

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 (You must register to attend by Friday, April 26)
Time: 8:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Location: Aeolian Yacht Club - 980 Fernside Blvd, Alameda, CA 94501
Parking: Free parking available at the facility.
Lunch: Purchase lunch at a nearby restaurant or bring your own lunch.
Workshop Partner: Aeolian Yacht Club

Pacific Gove, Monterey
Date: May 7th 2019 (You must register to attend by Friday, May 3rd)
Time: 8:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Location: Mott Training Center - 837 Asilomar Avenue Pacific Grove, CA 93950 (Madrone Room)
Parking: Free parking at the facility.
Lunch: Purchase lunch at a nearby restaurant or bring your own lunch.

To register, please contact the Boating Clean and Green Program Coordinator, Vivian Matuk, via e-mail or at (415) 904-6905. Directions to the workshop facility will be sent to you with a confirmation of your registration.
See the flyer for further information.

Oil Spills

The resources below will assist you to manage your facility as a “clean marina.” There are many marinas in California. Each is unique in terms of its design, operation, the types of boaters that it serves, and the pollution problems that it may experience. Since California Marinas are so diverse, there can be no “one size fits all” approach to operating a clean marina. The links below will assist you with options to consider implementing in order to improve your marine business operations.


Environmental Regulatory Contact Information

This section provides contact information for the local, state and federal agencies that regulate environmental practices at marinas, and a description of the programs they implement. In many instances, regulatory requirements differ from one local jurisdiction to the next.

The regulations pertaining to hazardous waste management are perhaps the most complex of all regulatory programs that may apply to California marinas. In California, local governments are charged with the authority for implementing hazardous waste regulations. In most instances, these local agencies are “Certified Unified Program Agencies” or CUPAs. Most CUPA regulations follow the guidance set forth by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) for hazardous waste management. We suggest that you contact your local CUPA first to find out about hazardous waste management requirements. In addition, DTSC has many resources to help small businesses understand hazardous waste generator compliance. For more laws and regulations, visit

1001 I Street
P.O. Box 2815
Sacramento, CA 95812

The Air Resources Board (ARB) is California's primary air pollution control authority. The ARB has regulatory authority over emissions from mobile sources of air pollution which include outboard engines, personal water craft (PWCs), stern drive engines and portable fuel containers. Responsibility for issuing permits for other air pollution sources rests with local and regional Air Quality Management Districts. Marina operations that are typically regulated by the Air Districts include: Fuel dispensing, boat painting, parts and other cleaning using solvents, back-up power generators above 50 horsepower and hull surfaces sandblasting. To access local air district websites or locate an email address, please visit

45 Fremont Street, Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5200, (800) COAST4U

The Commission permits new marina development or redevelopment of marinas in the coastal zone. Implements boater and marine business education program in partnership with the California Division of Boating and Waterways “Boating Clean and Green.”

One Capitol Mall, Suite 410
Sacramento, CA 95814
(888) 326-2822

The Division plans, designs, and finances state boating facilities and coordinates with local governments to develop local boating facilities. The Division provides funding for environmental improvement and abandoned vessels removal at marinas and boat launch ramps. Implements educational programs on boating safety and environmentally sound boating practices. Implements boater and marine business education program, “Boating Clean and Green,” in partnership with the California Coastal Commission.

1416 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-0411

The Office of Spill Prevention and Response implemeFnts programs to certify small craft fueling facilities for spill prevention and oversees programs requiring marine fueling facilities to prepare spill contingency plans. The Department conducts enforcement regarding pollution discharges considered deleterious to fish, plants, and birds.

1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, CA 95812-4015
(916) 445-4300

The Department regulates pesticide, fungicide, and insecticide sales and use.

1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-2828
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 806
Sacramento, CA 95812-0806
(800) 72-TOXIC

DTSC implements hazardous waste and toxic substances regulatory programs at the state level. It also provides EPA Generator ID Numbers

1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-2828
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 4025
Sacramento, CA 95812-4025
(916) 341-6000

The CIWMB implements programs to reduce waste in California in partnership with local government, industry, and the public. Its programs focus on hazardous wastes, used oil, and solid waste. The CIWMB provides grants to local government that have been used to fund oil-related services for boaters at marinas throughout California.

100 Howe Ave., Suite 100 South
Sacramento, CA 95825-8202
(916) 574-1900

The State Lands Commission is charged with stewardship of the natural and cultural resources on state lands. Many marinas are lessees of state lands and must comply with specific lease provisions related to clean marina operations.
(916) 327-9559

CUPAs implement local hazardous waste and materials management programs, above and underground storage tank programs, and business hazardous materials emergency response programs.

The Boards implement storm water and pollution discharge permits for marinas and conduct enforcement of water quality laws. Regional Boards also have the authority to require installation and maintenance of sewage pumpouts and to establish regional standards for adequate numbers of pumpouts.

Region 1 - North Coast Region

5550 Skylane Blvd., Suite A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 576-2220

Region 2 - San Francisco Bay Region

1515 Clay St. Suite 1400
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 622-2300

Region 3 - Central Coast Region

895 Aerovista Place
Suite 101
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 549-3147

Region 4 - L.A. Region

320 W. 4th Street, Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 576-6600

Region 5 - Central Valley Region

Sacramento Main Office 11020 Sun Center Drive #200
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670-6114
(916) 464-3291
Fresno Branch Office
1685 "E" Street
Fresno, CA 93706-2020
(559) 445-5116
Redding Branch Office
415 Knollcrest Drive, Suite 100
Redding, CA 96002
(530) 224-4845

Region 6 - Lahontan Region
2501 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
So. Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 542-5400
14440 Civic Drive Suite 200
Victorville, CA 92392
(760) 241-6583

Region 7 - Colorado River Basin Region

73-720 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 100
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 346-7491

Region 8 - Santa Ana Region

3737 Main St., Suite 500
Riverside, CA 92501
(909) 782-4130

Region 9 - San Diego Region

9174 Sky Park Court, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92123-4340
(858) 467-2952

1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 341-5250

The Board regulates discharges of pollutants to state waterways in order to protect water quality and the beneficial uses of the waters of the state. The Board, in partnership with the California Coastal Commission, implement’s the state non-point source pollution control program, which includes environmental management measures for marinas and boating. The Board also implements regulations pertaining to vessel fueling facilities design, construction and operation.

District 11
Building 14, Coast Guard Island
Alameda California 94501
(415) 399-3547

Marina and boating-related responsibilities of the Coast Guard include providing oil and chemical spill response, enforcing MARPOL, educating boaters about boating safety, and certifying marine sanitation devices and other boat equipment.

Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
(202) 272-0167

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires that coastal states implement regulatory programs to control non-point source pollution, including pollution from marinas and boating. Under this program, the EPA has issued guidance regarding the implementation of best management practices at marinas.