OLR Bill Analysis

SB 220

AN ACT CONCERNING NAVIGATION, COASTAL ACCESS AND CLEAN MARINAS

SUMMARY:

This bill authorizes state grants covering at least 40% of certain marinas' costs for a sediment, dredging, or disposal project. A marina qualifies for a grant if it participates in the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's (DEEP) voluntary Connecticut Clean Marina Program. Participating marinas must either implement practices minimizing pollution or pledge to do so within one year of entering the program.

Funds for the grants come from DEEP's Long Island Sound Cleanup account, which funds sediment, dredging, and disposal projects and other projects designed mainly to improve water quality and enhance habitats. Under current law, all marinas qualify for these funds, even those that do not participate in the voluntary program. Nonparticipating marinas would still qualify for funds under the bill, and the DEEP commissioner would determine the amount based on his discretion, as current law provides.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2012

CONNECTICUT CLEAN MARINA PROGRAM

Marinas qualify for a minimum 40% sediment, dredging, or disposal grant under the bill if they participate in the existing voluntary clean marina program. DEEP certifies a marina's participation based on its practices. It certifies the marina as a “clean marina” if it is exceeding the standards for regulatory compliance by minimizing pollution from mechanical activities, cleaning, painting and fiberglass repair, hauling and storing boats, fueling, and facility management. DEEP certifies a marina as a “pledged clean marina” if it commits to becoming a certified clean marina within one year.

Although both types of marinas qualify for the minimum 40% grant, DEEP may recapture any portion of a grant it makes to a pledged clean marina that misses the one-year deadline for becoming a certified clean marina.

BACKGROUND

Clean Marina Program

Currently, 29 marinas are certified facilities and 20 are pledged facilities. DEEP is not now accepting pledges or certifying marinas for the program.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Commerce Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

16

Nay

0

(03/01/2012)