Massachusetts Clean Marina Guide

Find links to reference documents for owners and operators of marine boating facilities developed by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM).

Marinas, yacht clubs, and boatyards provide critical services to the boating public—maintaining, mooring, fueling, storing, and launching vessels of all kinds. While modern facilities and efficient service are essential, clean water is a key attribute of successful boating-based businesses. The Massachusetts Clean Marina Guide, which was released by CZM in 2001, is designed as a reference for owners and operators of marine boating facilities, collectively referred to as “marinas.” It provides information on cost-effective strategies and practices to reduce marina and boating impacts on the coastal environment. 

To order a hardcopy of the handbook, please email with your name and mailing address or call CZM Information Line at (617) 626-1212.

Complete Guide

Massachusetts Clean Marina Guide (PDF, 4 MB) - Published 2001

By Chapter

(Links to PDF versions of all chapters, which were all published in 2001 unless otherwise noted, are provided below.)

Cover and Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction 

Chapter Two: The Coastal Environment and Pollution Impacts

Chapter Three: Clean Marina Operations and Management

Chapter Four: Activities and Environmental Practice

Chapter Five: New and Expanding Marinas

Chapter Six: Major Regulatory Programs

Chapter Seven: Pulling It Together—The Marina Environmental Management Plan 


Index and Acknowledgements

Addendum to the Massachusetts Clean Marina Guide

A Guide to Selecting Pressure Washing Management Practices and Technologies: Supplement to the Massachusetts Clean Marina Guide (PDF, 1 MB) - A comprehensive guide to pressure washing at marinas

Also Included with the Clean Marina Guide

Boater Fact Sheets (PDF, 99 KB) - Printer-ready fact sheets to help boaters reduce environmental impacts of boating


Please contact Robin Lacey, CZM's Marina Technical Assistance Specialist, if you have any questions related to clean marinas.

Robin Lacey
(617) 626-1220


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