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New York State’s Multi- Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activities (MSGP) addresses stormwater runoff from certain industrial activities. This permit requires facilities such as the Chelsea Yacht Club to develop Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs), and report the results of industry-specific monitoring to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) on a semi-annual basis.
The Stormwater Pollution Prevention Committee is an Article 6 Standing Committee defined in our Constitution. This committee oversees implementation and ongoing management of the SWPPP, including member education, implementing monitoring and control measures, maintaining Best Management Practices, and taking corrective action when required. The committee consists of a Compliance Officer who chairs the committee (currently Bob Brigham), the Steward (currently Jeff Dahlke), and the Commodore (currently Mike Colucci), who shall have responsibility for overall compliance enforcement.
The official copy of CYC’s Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) is kept in the clubhouse. It must be kept there to be available for inspection on demand by enforcement agencies (NYSDEC or EPA) and the general public. Any requests for inspection should be directed to the Compliance Officer.
Best Management Practices supplement the rules and policies of Chelsea Yacht Club that have been in place for decades in support of our long-standing commitment to help improve the health of the Hudson River by preventing contaminants from being carried into the river from stormwater runoff. Although overall responsibility for implementing and maintaining the Plan lies with the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Committee, all members are responsible for compliance with these Best Management Practices.
To ensure that all members do our part, it is a requirement that every member complete SWPPP Training. Many members completed this training during one or two in-person education sessions conducted during Fall 2018. Other members have completed the training by reviewing the SWPPP Training Module and submitting the acknowledgment form on the last page. New members complete this training during the orientation meeting with their mentor.
Compliance with the requirements outlined in these training materials and Best Management Practices is a prerequisite for hauling and storing a boat and/or mooring a boat at CYC.
What else should you do?
If you see something, say something. Any spills should be reported immediately to the Compliance Officer (currently Bruce Cohen) or the Steward (currently Jeff Dahlke). Any violations of Club policies or rules which may result in pollution entering the Hudson River also should be reported. In addition, say something to your fellow members if you see them doing something that is a violation of our BMP. This is our Hudson River and our Club, and we owe it to ourselves and those sailors who come after us to take care of these precious resources.
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