The Ontario Ministry of the Environment requires Clean marine participants to track and report on the use of specific products and take all necessary efforts to obtain environmentally friendly alternatives. Please provide information on the following:

Waste Oil

Do you handle waste oil

Estimate the amount of waste oil from boat engines in Litres

Method of storage

Waste Oil is recycled

Where does it go

Location that it is sent to

Amount of new oil purchased annually


Do you use shrink wrap for winter storage of boats

How many rolls per year per location are used

What are the sizes of the rolls (ie, 6,10,12', etc)

Is used shrink-wrap recycled

Where or who does the recycling

How much is collected and recycled annually as a %? Estimate is ok.

Do you use biodegradable wrap

Use of Ecology products - Check of EcoLogo products purchased for use in your facility and record the name

Vegetable based Industrial Lubricants

Product Name

Wastewater Treatment System

Product Name

Hand Cleaners

Product Name

Paper Products

Product Name

Boat Bilge Cleaners

Product Name


Product Name

Low VOC Paints/Surface Coatings

Product Name

Cleaning Products/Detergents/Disinfectants

Product Name

Drain Cleaners/Septic Treatments

Product Name

Marine Oil Absorbents

Product Name

Rechargeable Batteries

Product Name

Clay Fishing Sinkers

Section 1.0 Clean Marine Policy - A formal environmental policy is critical to the development of improvement strategies. While improvements may result from an informal commitment and ad-hoc practices, a formal, over-reaching written policy is the best tool to develop and implementation of effective strategies. A policy's value is maximized through communication, target setting, regular monitoring and finally a comprehensive review.

Section 1.1

Does your Facility have a clean marine policy which is regularly reviewed

Policy is in the form of a formal, written statement

Initial implementation date

Policy is reviewed at least annually

Date of last review
Section 1.2

Management & Staff (operators, new or seasonal workers, etc) are aware of this policy

Why not

Section 1.3

Are your customers made aware of your Clean Marine certificate

How are they made aware?

Section 1.4

Where Necessary are Suppliers and contractors are made aware of and comply with this policy.

Why not

Section 2.0 Environmental Performance Goals and Objectives - While the importance of a formal environmental policy cannot be understated, it is only a starting point. Specific goals and targets must guide environmental improvements. Audits on various environmental parameters in turn lead to effective goal setting.

Section 2.1

Environmental performance strengths and weaknesses have been / are determined through the use of environmental audits(s) of the marina. (eg CMPH, Appendix E)

Section 2.2 Environmental Performance improvement goals have been formally set, reviewed, revised and potentially achieved for (check all that are appropriate)
Waste Reduction
Water Quality
Water Conservation
Habitat Maintenance / Enhancement
Proper Handling of Hazardous Substances
Reduced use of Hazardous Substances
Energy conservation / Energy Efficiency Improvements
Section 2.3
List most recent audit

List up to 3 Strengths

List up to 3 Weaknesses

Commitment to Continuing Environmental Improvement through Strategies / Activities

Section 3.0 Waste Management - This section deals with how waste (both hazardous and general) is dealt with at your facility.

Section 3.1

Audit(s) of waste generated by the marina has/have been conducted (see page 19 of the Handbook)

Date of most recent
Section 3.2

Facility has a waste reduction strategy/program

Is it written

Section 3.3

Facility monitoring records show a reduction in waste generations/disposal over the past two years

Section 3.4
To minimize waste, the following reduction measures have been undertaken (check all that apply)
Section 3.5

Efforts are made to reuse some materials that would otherwise be disposed of as waste


Section 3.6

A recyclables collection service, operated by public and/or private sector agencies, is available to the marina

Who is the agency?

Section 3.7

Facility has implemented/participates in a recycling program

Check all that Apply

List Other Materials

Are you able to receive materials from outside sources

Section 3.8

Facility operates and/or participates in a materials exchange program (e.g sharing left over products like varnish instead of discarding it).

Section 3.9

Facility has separate containers for waste and for recyclables situated at convienient locations around the marina

Section 3.10

Customers are encouraged and assisted in participating in facility waste reduction strategies

Section 3.11

Facility is kept tidy through inspection of premises and adjoining water body and collection of any discarded waste on a routine basis.

Section 3.12

Facility has a pet waste management strategy

Briefly explain

Section 3.13

All hazardous wastes are properly handled, collected, stored and transported to a proper treatment/disposal facility

Section 3.14

Are you collecting more than 25 Litres of waste oil, antifreeze and other liquid industrial wastes,

Are you using a license hauler to dispose of this waste

How are you disposing of this waste

Who is the Licensed hauler

Section 3.15

Relevant staff have been instructed and receive regular reviews on proper procedures for handling and storing hazardous wastes.

Section 3.16

Hazardous wastes are properly identified and stored as recommended on page 19 of the Clean marine Practices Handbook.

Section 3.17

Marina offers a service to collect hazardous wastes directly from customers boat's

Section 3.18

Organic wastes (e.g seaweed, food waste, etc) are collected and made use of for composting, fertilize, animal feedstock, or some other purpose (s).

Section 4.0 Dock Management - This section deals with your facility's refuelling operations, pump-out services and other aspects of environmental performance on and around your docks and slip. (see CMPH, section 4.1)

Section 4 Fuel & Waste Handling

Does marina have docks

Fuel dock or other refuelling facility on site

Fuel pump attendants are trained in proper use of the equipment and procedures for dispensing product

Signs are posted which identify the correct refuelling procedures

Fuel pump nozzles are equipped with automatic back pressure shut-off

Fuel storage tanks are checked regularly

Standard refuelling procedures are designed to prevent spills

Standard procedure for reporting spills

Spill Response Kit installed and ready for immediate deployment

Signage directs staff and customers to available absorbents and instructions for their use

Designated area for filling portable gas tanks which incorporates impermeable pad with catchment

Special arrangements have been made to properly fuel personal watercraft (PWC) and small outboard motors with integral fuel tanks

Pump out services offered

Standard pump-out procedures are in place to prevent spills and contamination of the water body

Standard instructions are provided about pumping bilges and/or handling grey water for boats, to limit possibility of environmental contamination/spills

If facility doesn't offer pump-out services, customers are directed and encourage to such services at a neighbouring marina

Boat owners are encouraged to use onshore toilet facilities whenever possible

Unnecessary lights are routinely turned off, or area lighting is operated on automatic timers

Taps/hoses are provided with automatic shut-off valves

Customers are informed of restrictions on excessive speed, noise and exhaust fumes in the marina area and of the requirement to properly handle and dispose of own wastes (through possible use of marina facilities.)

Customers are reminded of the importance of keeping engines well tuned and reminded that the older motors particularly older non DI 2 strokes are inefficient and dump fuel into the water

Use of oil-absorbing materials in the bilge areas of all boats with inboard engines is promoted

Herbicides are used to control aquatic plant growth and weeds are cut, collected and used as mulch or given away locally for use as mulch

How do you control aquatic plant growth and/or weeds around your property.

Do you collect and compost and organic material

Any dredging has been performed in accordance with the conditions identified on page 31 of the CMPH

General maintenance of dock systems is performed on a regular basis and in accordance with the steps recommended on page 29 of the CMPH

Are docks cleaned using a pressure washer

Section 5.0 - Yard Management - This section deals with your ability to manage and keep organized all aspects of the exterior land used in operations in order to haul/lift/store and launch boats all the while using sound environmental process's and procedures.

Is there Facilities for hauling/lifting/launching boats?

Standard procedures to prevent the release of hydrocarbons into the natural environment

Standard procedures for washing down boats to prevent the release of heavy metals

Standard procedures to prevent the transfer of nuisance aquatic organisms

Marina has converted all of its craft and rental fleet to either 4-Stroke or newer DI 2-Stroke engines

Does the marina (business) have facilities for storing boats during off season

What type of facility do you use

Standard procedures to prevent the release of hydrocarbons into the natural environment

Shrink-wrap is recycled or multi-use boat covers are used. (see OME required documentation)

Before boats are returned to the water, anti-freeze is recycled and /or collected and transported to an appropriate facility (see OME required documentation)

Is storage of liquids (e.g fuel, used oil, antifreeze) in bulk and/or any chemicals for various purposes done on site

Storage tanks are tested and inspected on a regular basis

All underground storage tanks have been upgraded in accordance with the Gasoline Handling Code

Tank contents are measured and reconciled with the amount drawn every day during the operating season

Above ground tanks have been upgraded in accordance with the requirements of the Gasoline Handling Code

Drums are stored on an impermeable pad with a dike or an approved system preventing surrounding area contamination

Secondary containment (e.g curbs, berms or other barriers) have been installed around areas used for the storage of liquid materials

Vehicles are operated and /or parked on marina property

Restrictions control the operation and parking of all vehicles while on marina property

Appropriate use and proper maintenance of company vehicles (to conserve energy and minimize air pollution)

Granular surfaces used on roads and parking areas to maximize absorption and minimize runoff

Is Environmentally appropriate dust suppressant used on granular road/parking surfaces

Hazardous chemicals used at the facility (check all appropriate responses)

Identify level of use

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Identify items

Identify level of use

Section 5.6
Please identify measures implemented to control Storm-water runoff (check all appropriate responses)
Section 5.7

Fish cleaning station are in place which include a filtered drain that leads into the sewer main, and collection of fish waste for recycling

Section 5.7.1

Alternatively, or further, boaters are encouraged to clean their catch in open waters returning to port

Section 5.8

Grounds are watered only when absolutely necessary

Section 5.9

Higher energy efficiency equipment and lighting are in use

Section 5.10

Timers and motion sensors have been installed to control lighting and /or HVAC systems

Section 5.11

All machinery is regularly maintained and leaks are repaired immediately

Section 5.12

Drip trays and/or other containment methods are used wherever leaks may occur.

Fish cleaning stations are in place which include a filtered drain that leads into the sewer main and collection of fish waste for recycling

Alternatively or further boaters are encourage to clean their catch in open waters before returning to port.

Grounds are watered only when absolutely necessary

Higher energy efficiency lighting are in use

Timers and motion sensors have been installed to control lighting and or HVAC systems

High energy efficient equipment are in use

Please list

All machinery is regularly maintained and leaks are repaired immediately

Drip trays and or other containment methods are used wherever leaks may occur

Section 6.0 - Boat Maintenance - This section deals with your facility's hull and mechanical maintenance operations and includes consideration of those functions when performed by subcontractors (CMPH sec 4.3)

Section 6.0 Boat Maintenance

Is there any boat maintenance performed on site by facility owner, sub-contractors or boat owner?

Hull maintenance activités are performed on site

All work is conducted in designated areas and not over the water

Fibreglass repair/paint shop is approved by MOL

Work is performed over a hard non-porous surface or tarpaulins are used to contain dust and particles

Work surfaces (refer to 6.1.5) are regularly vacuumed to collect dust and particles

Major work is performed indoors and /or with hanging tarpaulins around the boat

Procedures to control the release of waste products resulting from hull maintenance work are communicated to all parties doing such work and enforced

Environmentally-preferable cleaners, polishes, solvents and paints are promoted and used as often as possible, (see OME required documents)

Antifouling paint selections involve the least toxic that is compatible with the water conditions and required surface finish

Solvent use during paint and refinishing process has been reduced

Measures have been implemented to reduce paint and solvent waste

Fibreglass dust and waste is handled as hazardous waste, collected and properly disposed of

Paint residues are handled as hazardous waste, collected and properly disposed of

All other dust and debris is collected and properly disposed of

All commercial on-site work is pre-approved by the marina management

Wash water is collected and recycled

Non-toxic bottom waxes are used in compatible waters

Mechanical maintenance work is performed on site

Work is carried out in designated areas only with the pre-approval of marina officials

Procedures are in place to control the release of "waste products" (e.g batteries, used oils & filters, greases, antifreeze, contaminated fuel, scrap metal, etc). (check all appropriate)

"Waste products" are collected and reused/recycled to the extent possible


Keeping engines well tuned is advocated and communicated to all appropriate parties and enforced

All spills are cleaned up immediately using dry methods

commercial air conditioner servicing is carried out by license personnel only (yard or subcontract)

Some work performed by subcontractors

Subcontractors have valid WHMIS Certificates

Subcontractors members of the Clean Marine program

Subcontractors remove their own waste for proper disposal and/or have made arrangements with the facility to ensure reuse and/or proper disposal of such wastes

Boats which are worked on by subcontractors are moved to a designated repair area for all but minor service work

Subcontractors use their own safety equipment and/or the yards safety equipment (e.g. ABC fire extinguisher)

Section 7.0 Retail Operations - This section deals with environmental aspects of your facility's retail operations. (see CMPH, section 4.4)

Section 7.0

Do you have a retail section?

Environmentally-preferable products (e.g those bearing the "EcoLogo", those with long life/durable, items available in bulk, those with high recycled content, lower or no toxicity alternatives, etc.) are purchased for sale to marina customers. (see OME required documentation)

Environmentally-preferable products are selected and supplied in the course of providing other services (e.g boat maintenance) and /or offered to customers on a rental basis

Environmental considerations are factored in to inventory control strategies

Customers are encouraged to consider the environmental impact of their purchases (e.g through promotion of environmentally-preferable products)

In making purchasing decisions, manufacturers and suppliers with environmental policies are given some preference when appropriate

Volumes of packaging being thrown out as waste have been reduced through application of the 3R's (reduce, reuse, recycle)

Marina provides and exchange forum for customers used goods. (ie - partially used products or items that have been previously enjoyed, preventing them from being discarded to land fill)

Operation takes pre-owned units on trade when appropriate, and reuses, recycles or properly disposes of these

Section 8.0 - Visitor Facilities - This section deals with environmental aspects of accommodations provided at your facility, including washrooms, laundries and lodgings (see CMPH, Section 4.5)

Section 8.1

Washroom facilities are provided

Washrooms are clean, tidy and regularly maintained

Do you keep a record of when they have been cleaned

Customers are encouraged/directed to use on-site washroom and / or laundry facilities

Water conserving equipment / products (tap aerators, low-flow shower heads, water-saving toilets) have been installed

Facilities are routinely monitored and leaks / problems are corrected as quickly as possible

Energy efficient equipment / appliances / systems have been installed

Controls / sensors have been installed to conserve energy

Environmentally preferable cleaners and disinfectants are used (see OME required documentation)

Section 8.2

Laundry facilities are provided

Laundry customers are encouraged to only wash full loads

Laundry customers are encouraged to use environmentally preferable soaps and detergents

Grey water is prevented from flowing directly in to the natural water system (ie. treated or recycled)

Waste reduction strategies (ie, the 3R's) are practiced by staff in this area, and customers are encouraged to do likewise (provide examples)

Provide examples

Section 8.3

Onshore accommodation and/or other hospitality facilities are provided

Guests are informed of the facilities environmental policy commitment and measures implemented and encouraged to participate

Accommodation guests offered the option to have their towels and linens washed less frequently than every day.

A recycling program exists which involves guest participation

Environmentally preferable products are utilized as much as possible (if yes provide examples) (see OME required documentation

Some examples

Other items

Staff exercise "good housekeeping practices" which address environmental issues

Environmental considerations are factored into the purchase of products and materials for and in the operation of club and social faciliities

Please provide examples

Section 9.0 Office Facilities - This section deals with environmental aspects of your facility's office and administration. Areas covered include energy conservation and waste reduction (see CMPH Section 4.6). Check all appropriate boxes for each question

Energy conservation and/or efficiency improvements have been implemented

Identify these improvements

Heating, ventilating and / or air conditioning (cooling) requirements have been reduced through the application of appropriate measures

Please check all that are applicable

Other measures

Lighting efficiency has been improved through the application of appropriate measures

Please check all that apply

Please list all other measures

Equipment and appliances are properly maintained and operated in an energy efficient manner

Please check all that apply

Please list all other measures

Waste reduction/reuse/recycling measures have been implemented in this area

Please identify measures implemented

Levels of waste generated have been reduced through the application of appropriate measures

Please check all that apply

Reusable products are being purchased and used in place of "disposable" as appropriate

Extended product / materials use initiatives are in place to reduce disposal levels

Other initiatives - 3 only

Paper conserving practices have been implemented

Please check all that apply

Products with recycled content are purchased and used

Please check all that apply

Section 10 - Emergency Preparedness Spill Protection and Handling/Emergency Preparedness An important aspect of effective environmental performance is to have a plan in place to prevent and mitigate chemical/fuel spills and other emergencies. This section deals with several concepts related to this key area of your operations (see CMPH Section 5.0)

An assessment of potential causes of spills and emergencies has been conducted at least once and possibly on a regular basis

An emergency response plan has been prepared which contains all of the items identified on page 50 of the CMPH

Please provide details or copy of plan

Does Operation have docks?

Marina has a plan and /or an operational strategy to deal with sinking or submerged boats

Please provide details or copy of plan

Plan in place to address a fire on the dock, in the main facilities and on boats in the marina

Please provide details or copy of plan

The emergency response plan includes strategies and procedures to be followed with respect to marina facilities and boats in the case of severe storm conditions

The emergency response plan is tested and updated as necessary on a regular basis, with all relevant staff and external support services (e.g local fire department, independent oil spill response team, etc) involved

A record is kept of emergency drills, inspections of equipment and emergency plan revisions

What is the date of the last drill?

Do you have a COVID safe access plan in place

Please provide

Any spills/emergencies in the past year have been handled properly and effectively

Customers are made aware of the location of emergency response equipment and basic procedures to follow (e.g reporting, use of spill response kits (absorbent pads and materials), fire extinguishers, etc)

Material Safety Data Sheets and /or an inventory are/is kept available for all chemicals in use and stored at the marina

Used oil spill response materials and equipment are reused or properly disposed of

Do you participate in a flare recycling program

Section 11 - Training, Awareness Raising and Education Another important key to effective environmental performance is to make staff training and education a priority. Environmental responsibility begins with awareness and knowledge. Facility management should ensure that employees, customers and suppliers understand the consequences of carrels or wasteful practices and the benefits of sustainable behaviour (see CMPH, Section 7.0)

Training program in place for all employees

Who does the training

Staff training and instruction is performed on a continual/re-fresher basis (e.g requirements of maintenance and proper use of handling of all fire extinguishing equipment, emergency response plan practices, etc.)

Who does the training

Training and/or information programs are provided to customers (e.g requirements for, maintenance and proper use of marine Sanitation Devices, boat maintenance tips, etc).

Have you used the Boating Ontario student training in the past

Why Not?

Do you keep a written record of any or all training

Information programs are provided to subcontractors and/or instruction in clean marine practices required on site

Newsletters, E-Mail, Notices in monthly bill, positions, informal visits with boaters, and/or other similar means are used to promote the benefits of Clean Marine best practices

Have you or anyone employed by your marina or dealership, participated in the Spills workshop

If available would you or someone within the business by interested in participating in a spills workshop

Section 12 - Other Services Special Services Some marinas choose to offer certain special services which incorporate environmental considerations (refer to Section 4.7 of the CMPH).

Do you offer special services - This can be anything not identified in this audit - Elaborate!

Please identify these services and their respective environmental considerations - ie (Molly Maid-type services for boats, Boat Valet Launching and preparation services, Water taxi, are only some examples)

Does your facility make available PPE to your customers

Do you have a secure disposal for any PPE that maybe brought onto your facility

Have you participated in the Sea Bin plastics removal program

If available, would you be interested in participating

Does the business provide electric vehicle parking with charging stations

Section 13 - Other Environmental Initiatives If your facility has incorporated any other environmental initiatives (not covered earlier), please indicate these below (see CMPH, Section 8.1)

Facility has inserted environmental protection/conservation requirements in staff, client and /or supplier agreements

Shoreline stabilization measures have been implemented

Please describe

Natural buffer area between the marina and the shoreline

Facility officials participate in (e.g sponsor) local or regional clean-up/clean water activities

Local wildlife and natural species encouraged

Please describe how this is done

Non-aggressive measures are utilized to control pest wildlife (e.g using hawks to discourage gulls)

Please give examples

Facility has undertaken/particpated in other significant environmental initiatives.

Please describe

Signature Page

Person authorized by member to provide information with regards to this audit

Person who completed audit on behalf of Boating Ontario

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.