Clean and Resilient Marina Guidebook

Produced by the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA), this guidebook aims to ensure the viability of the marine and boating businesses in the Gulf states of Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Texas facing extreme weather, sea level rise, flooding and erosion. The goal of the Clean and Resilient Marina Guidebook is to provide uniform standards for the resiliency of marinas across the Gulf’s coastal states and to complement existing Clean Marina Programs in these states. A Resilient Marina Task Force was developed with members representing state coastal zone management programs as well as Sea Grant universities from each of the participating GOMA states. The task force members developed the guidebook for new, developing, or redeveloping marinas to reference to achieve an extra level of resiliency, sustainability, and environmental responsibility.

The guidebook is divided into 6 chapters that describe the certification requirements and best practices for building resilient marinas. These chapters focus on steps marinas can take to minimize their exposure to safety and property risks, and maximize the ability to restore normal operations quickly after a storm. In addition, an example Hurricane Preparedness Plan is provided.

 The chapters are divided as follows: 

  • Marina design and siting – This chapter argues that long-term data about an areas climate and geography should influence decisions about the location and design of a marina. This guidebook describes desirable sites, best practices for design and materials, and boat storage standards. It is for both new marina construction and marina retrofits. It also introduces nonstructural methods for shoreline control including oyster restoration, marshes, dune grasses, and artificial reefs.   
  • Emergency preparedness for natural disasters – This chapter describes the components of a comprehensive emergency management plan and the need for regular staff training. The chapter details the kinds of natural disasters that can affect marinas and ways to address those hazards.
  • Evacuation procedure standards – This chapter describes the evacuation procedure that marinas should follow during threatening tropical storms and hurricanes.
  • Stormwater management techniques and erosion control – This chapter focuses on methods marina owners can use to meet water quality requirements, control flooding, and protect shorelines from erosion. The chapter describes both structural and non-structural best management practices.
  • Climate adaptation and sea-level rise – Chapter 6 offers guidance on measuring sea level rise, identifying climate trends, and assessing marina vulnerability. This chapter outlines the high-level steps for a multi-hazard mitigation planning and provides a list of adaptive practices including wetland protection, beach nourishment, and living shorelines. 
  • Outreach and education for marina operators and boaters – this chapter argues that education and outreach that stresses emergency management procedures and safety practices can protect both marina operators and customers. The chapter outlines recommended techniques for reaching both groups.




Publication Date: May 2013

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