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General Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges from Boatyards and Boat Maintenance and Repair Facilities to Surface Waters within the San Diego Region

Boatyards Regulation

Nine known boatyards with similar operations and discharges are located within the San Diego Region. Boatyards and boat maintenance and repair facilities conduct activities that include but are not limited to, exterior/interior surface coating application/removal (e.g., painting and sanding), wood work, metal work, fiberglass work, hydrowashing, hull cleaning, engine repair, general mechanical/fixture repair, and hazardous waste storage. These industrial activities along with material handling equipment or activities, raw materials, by-products, waste materials or industrial machinery, generate pollutants that have the potential to discharge to receiving waters when exposed to storm water. Potential storm water pollutants often associated with boat maintenance and repair operations include: biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), copper, oil and grease, pH, total organic carbon (TOC), total suspended solids (TSS), and zinc. Due to the same or substantially similar operations at each of the facilities, and the similar regulatory and monitoring requirements previously established for these facilities, the San Diego Water Board has elected to issue a general permit for storm water discharges from boatyards and boat maintenance and repair facilities instead of issuing several individual permits.

Order No. R9-2013-0026, NPDES Permit CAG719001, was adopted by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region (San Diego Water Board) on May 8, 2013 in San Diego, California.  Order R9-2013-0026 is a general NPDES permit and establishes waste discharge requirements for discharges from boatyards and boat maintenance facilities adjacent to surface waters.  The effective date of Order R9-2013-0026 is October 1, 2013 and the requirements of the Order, including monitoring and reporting, initiate on this date.

Nine boatyards are regulated under individual NPDES Permits with similar conditions until October 1, 2013, when the General Boatyard Permit becomes effective.

Board Member Field Tour of Boatyard - Rescheduled

A quorum of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region (San Diego Water Board) may be present at a Board Member field tour of several boatyards on Shelter Island. The tour will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Driscoll Boat Works/ Driscoll Custom Boats on Thursday, April 18, 2013. See the Notice below for more details.

Public Hearing Postponed until May 8, 2013

The public hearing on this matter has been postponed until May 8, 2013 in the Board Room, San Diego Water Board, 9174 Sky Park Court, Suite 100, San Diego, California.

Public Comments on Tentative Order

Board Member Field Tour of Boatyard - Postponed

The boatyard tour scheduled for Friday, March 22, 2013, has been postponed. Another notice will be sent when a new date has been chosen. Public Notice

A quorum of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region (San Diego Water Board) may be present at a Board Member field tour of several boatyards on Shelter Island. The tour will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Driscoll Boat Works/ Driscoll Custom Boats on Friday, March 22, 2013. See the Notice below for more details.

Tentative General Boatyard Permit

Administrative Draft General Boatyard Permit

Electronic Mail Subscription

Email Subscriptions: If you wish to receive future notices and information on the issuance of the General Boatyard Permit, please subscribe to our electronic email list. Subscribe to " Boatyard General NPDES Permit."

Contact Information

If you have questions or need additional information please contact Mr. Vicente Rodriguez, of the Source Control Regulation Unit at (619) 521-3966